It’s a surprise that I haven’t tackled this subject sooner. After all, I can imagine this to be a common issue that many writers face at some point or another, to some level of severity. Writer’s block: a condition where a writer, for a time, experiences an inability to produce new work. Whether this be for a short period of time or several years, either way, it’s a frustrating occurrence whenever a writer experiences it.
For those who, for whatever reason, have never experienced this before, allow me to paint a picture for you. In my mind, I picture writer’s block as either a stone wall or a giant boulder in my way, with no way around it. It’s all in the matter of making it brittle enough to go through it, and that involves ramming yourself into the structure numerous times. It’s exhausting! However, when you do finally manage to break through the barrier, that feeling of success is oh so satisfying indeed.
There could be many causes for writer’s block. It could have everything to do with the story and how you’ve gone about developing it. Maybe it’s your state of being interfering, that may or may not be caused by an external influence. Perhaps you do have an idea, but are struggling with how to go about approaching or executing it.
Then there are the variety of ways to treat it, and what I’ve always found working best is to take a break from the work and go do something else; whether if that “something else” means writing something else for a while, taking care of some other task, distracting yourself with reading a book or streaming a show from Netflix. However, not everyone has the luxury of taking their time with conjuring a story, so something else that may work is reaching out to friends and asking for help by presenting the story as more of a hypothetical situation that you’d like to hear their opinion on.
Of course, these are only techniques that I use to erupt a temporary writer’s block. However, I’ve never experienced one long term before, and I hope more than anything to never experience it. What I can say is that if you consider yourself a writer, I believe that at some point or another, you are going to experience writer’s block. That’s why I tend to question those who do call themselves writers but claim that they never experience this mental barrier before. In those cases, I believe that writers like those don’t work enough, don’t work hard enough, or are too prideful in themselves to say that they have experienced this otherwise perfectly normal obstacle.
I’ve given a visual earlier of how I picture writer’s block in my mind. However, what also comes to mind when I consider this struggle is a particular scene from Hayao Miyazaki’s film, “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” Kiki, the protagonist who’s a young witch-in-training, has recently been struggling with her inability to fly. While in conversation over this with her friend Ursula, she tells Kiki about the time she temporarily lost the drive to paint. What helped her overcome her situation is when she found a purpose and trusted her spirit. It’s just the same in writing. If you can find a reason for why you are writing this particular story, perhaps it can open up an avenue to relieving yourself from your block.
Writer’s block: a condition where a writer, for a time, experiences an inability to produce new work… that is unless you do something to make it brittle enough to break through. Regardless of technique, in the long run, just remember to trust your spirit. You wouldn’t be writing if it didn’t mean anything to you.
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