Almost every author encounters writer's block - no matter how hard you try, you can’t get yourself to write a single line. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a temporary state that all authors experience from time to time. Why does this happen? What factors affect it? Which writing tips will help you to turn it back on? Let’s figure it out.
In a lot of cases, writer’s block stems from fear- of failure, of not being as good as others, of not getting recognized. It is fear that often causes authors to make excuses for themselves to put off writing. Let's look at some of the most common excuses and rework that thinking:
So now that we’ve discussed the most common excuses writers make, how can you stay motivated when writing a book? Let’s review some factors that trigger writer’s block and writing tips on how to overcome them.
Being an author, especially at the start of your career, usually means that you are not able to live off fees and royalties alone. In truth, a majority of young authors often have another job that brings more stable income.
Having to work a full day to make ends meet and then still having to find time for your writing can cause burnouts, leaving you unable to generate fresh ideas.
Solution: Aim to find balance. Your life cannot be a continuous cycle of work. Create time blocks in your day for work, but also for yourself. It’s important to make time for other activities, leaving you breathing room for inspiration.
Stress can actually motivate you but too much of it and it will loom over you and take up all of your energy. A lot of the time, we don’t even recognize when we are in a constant state of stress. We feel our heart rate go up, our body is in fight-or-flight mode, and we are just trying to respond to what we’re feeling.
Solution: The first thing to do is to catch yourself. Finding awareness in these moments will help you deal with the situation better. Once you recognize that you are stressed, you can focus on what is causing it and what actions to take to help alleviate your problems. A good way to deal with stress is to write. The next time you catch yourself feeling stressed out, put that energy into words. It encourages you to be present and aware of your environment.
We are living in a nonstop stream of information noise without even realizing it. From the moment you wake up and check your phone, you unknowingly find yourself flooded with so much information- from news feeds to social media, you consume large amounts of useless and even harmful information that takes time and attention that you could use for other things.
Solution: Avoid mindlessly scrolling through your phone and limit the time you spend on your devices.
Perfectionism is another factor that can lead to writer's block. Many writers want their writing to be flawless and spend too much time trying to perfect their work. They may also be overly critical of themselves and their writing, leading to self-doubt and procrastination.
Solution: To overcome perfectionism, writers can set realistic goals and deadlines for themselves. Break the writing process into smaller, manageable tasks, and focus on completing one at a time. It's also helpful to remember that writing is a process, and it's okay to make mistakes. Allow yourself to be imperfect and focus on progress, not perfection.
Some authors fear that their chosen topic has already been well covered. Yes, we live in a time where there is an abundance of knowledge, but this does not mean that your opinion can’t shed new light or a new perspective on that matter.
Solution: Fear will always exist, but it is in us to choose how to respond to that fear. Allow yourself to write, even if it turns out badly. You can always come back to what you wrote and rewrite it. Even the best authors will take time to polish their material.
Now you know how to avoid writer’s block and write more effectively. Don't let excuses get in the way of your goals. If you want to write, start today.
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