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How To Stop Writer's Block and Increase Your Chances of Writing Success

Aug 17, 2007
Writer's block is, quite simply, the block of ideas and creativity that lead a writer to produce nothing.

There are several ideas and theories put forward as to why people have writer's block. This list includes, but is not limited to:
-- depression and anxiety
-- natural ebb and flow of writing
-- traceable to a single instance
-- laziness
-- untalented writer
-- all written out

The author of the last three items confessed that he never had writer's block and never wrote an original thought in his writing career. These ideas are included to point out that you should first use common sense when you consider the ideas of others.

The fact is that anyone who endeavors to place his original thoughts and ideas to paper (or computer) will experience that total mind bending blank wall at least one time in his or her career. The question isn't if it will happen but how to break through it.

Writer's block is a worm of self-doubt and self-consciousness that can be triggered from any number of circumstances. The real issue isn't how it happened but rather how to break free of the symptoms. And it is curable.

For some, writer's block can be a short irritating experience while for others it can last for years. Breaking through writer's block is a process of self-discovery and also a progression of specific action steps that lead back to productive writing.

You've heard the expression that recognizing the problem is half the battle? It's true. And especially true in this case. Often times writer's block is chalked up to a half a dozen other excuses or reasons for not being able to write constructively or creatively. It is what it is and it's writer's block. Recognizing that will help to cure what ails and move on.

Your next step is to pinpoint the source. Almost all cases can be traced to a specific incident that brings your self-confidence and expertise into question. It might have been an off-handed comment by a colleague or friend; you might have lost a contest or been denied an application. There is a source and your journey will be much quicker if you find it.

Look at the source objectively. Reading is a subjective art form. Even best selling authors have their critics. No one single opinion is that important. Something about that comment popped your enthusiasm. Break it down, look at it closely then discard it.

Writers write because they care. If a writer doesn't care about his writing there is no writer's block. Understanding that a writer writes because they want or need to write negates any validity in comments from friends or colleagues. What ever it was that stopped your creativity is not valid. There is enough validity in your need to write.

On a more concrete level, after going through these steps, you should then make the effort to sit down and write each day. Even if you only put gibberish to paper you will find that the simple act of writing will gradually increase your self-confidence and assure you that your expertise has not magically disappeared.

Writer's block is an irritating self-confidence issue that can easily lead to years of self-destruction if not addressed properly. Sadly, the world is would be without many of today's greatest works if the authors had not addressed their issues and moved on.
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