Oh, writer’s block. One of the many maladies of the human condition for which we have found no official cure. Writer’s block may not be as dangerous as our latest media sensation, Ebola, and yet, were it not for having found a cure for his own writer’s block, the world may not have experienced the beauty of Shakespeare’s own literary genius. It goes without saying that everyone has their own zone of genius, and finding a writer’s block cure is not as complicated as it may seem.
If you are a writer you know this feeling as well. Writer’s block, I have found, is a combination of the yucky feeling of inadequacy and the thoughts that gladly accompany such state. It stops you on your tracks and acts as a sort of boulder on the path of words that would otherwise flow naturally out of your mind and into (digital) paper. Writer’s block, left unchecked, can, and will, destroy any piece of coherent writing before it has materialized itself. The desperation for a cure is palpable.
You may have even tried it all… the writer’s block exercises, writer’s block help, you may have even surfed the interweb for writer’s block tips… it doesn’t matter! The point is that you are wondering how to cure writer’s block fast.
You are a writer, and so you know that you ought to write… no questions asked. How then, do you overcome writer’s block?
But first, a story on how I faced my own writer’s block…
Just this morning I didn’t feel like writing. Not only did I concoct a million reasons in my head as to why I could not write , but I also felt a certain indescribable heaviness around the idea of sitting at my computer to write this week’s blog post. Despite not being able to describe the feeling, I knew it all too well, writer’s block. My dreams of being a writer suddenly seemed gloomy and unattainable.
Why? The problem is that if you want to be a writer then you ought to write. And I may be writing about writing a lot, but the truth is that in life and business, writing is a metaphor for anything that you want to accomplish, and writer’s block is just a name given to a condition describing a blockage in the flow of genius or creativity.
The good news is that writer’s block isn’t really quite the evil being we writers make it out to be. Everything in nature has its due place. Even when something is out of balance, Mother Nature is wise and seeks to correct the imbalance by adapting to the situation accordingly. In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), this is called ecology. This is precisely where you will find the writer’s block cure that you are seeking.
The writer’s block cure simplified: Writer’s block isn’t some evil monster, it is your best friend
Something interesting occurred to me this morning as I battled that yucky feeling, or lack thereof (as in, I was neither inspired nor uninspired to write). I had a thought about my thoughts on writing. In other words, I made a leap outside my current reality—the most important precursor for change. I decided to ask “why? Why am I experiencing writer’s block now?”
The answer was obvious—if I got any better and kept going, my dream would come true, and then my mind, which had been so accustomed to suffering and despair from years of conditioning, wouldn’t be able to conceive of the idea of success. And so my writer’s block was born, because how dare I improve my living conditions?
After such a realization, I wish I could still blame my lack of writing on writer’s block. It is much easier, after all, to blame someone or something else for my lack of inspiration rather than taking responsibility for my personal growth.
I also wish I could dissect inspiration for you, so as to explain to you what it is made of and concoct a recipe that you could easily follow. Unfortunately (or should I say: fortunately), inspiration is not so complicated that you wouldn’t be able to make use of it as will. What is truly unfortunate is that as creatives we should succumb to a predetermined destiny in which inspiration is nowhere to be found—even when you’ve looked under the sofa and found enough money to buy a coke at the nearest vending machine.
But there is a solution to it all. There is a way to kick writer’s block to the curve, a writer’s block cure, if you will. And it came to me as I was driving at five in the morning with a list of errands that needed attention and a rather strong craving for coffee (because who doesn’t run errands at 5 a.m.?): The writer’s block cure is nothing more than a problem of identity.
The reason writer’s block is your best friend, rather than a monster that needs to be slain, is because writer’s block is like the check engine light in your car that is there to let you know that something needs attention. Without writer’s block, you wouldn’t find a reason to go beyond the limits of your current reality.
Writer’s block is like the check engine light in your car, it is there to let you know that something needs attention (Tweet this out)!
Writer’s block is like a fork on the road. One side takes you to inevitable greatness and in the direction towards the life of your dreams, whereas the other side takes you to Doomsville, a place where your dreams didn’t come true because the stars and the planets didn’t align–signaling that you were not meant to achieve this dream.
Writer’s block is the difference between playing small and stepping into your greatness
If you blame writers block for your inability to write or to produce any sort of writing, then you aren’t taking responsibility for your actions. If you don’t take responsibility for your actions, then you get to remain a victim to your circumstances and you can make the decision that maybe “it just wasn’t meant to happen.” This is some pretty heavy stuff, so take a moment to re-read that last sentence because your entire life depends on the moment of clarity in which you realize that you can choose to follow your predetermined destiny, or you can forge ahead and create your own destiny.
In the end, to me, writer’s block is nothing more than an excuse to play small. It is a roadblock in the way preventing you from becoming your greatest possible self. It is an invitation to remain mediocre instead of challenging yourself. It is an easy cop out to blame someone or something else for something you feel is outside of your control.
So how did I get out of my writing funk? I made the choice, right at that moment on hwy. 69, that I wanted to be a better me.
You see, your life is merely the result of the many choices you have made. Sometimes it may seem like you don’t have a choice, but you always have a choice, even when you take the decisions you make for granted. For me, it was about making the choice between being a victim to lack of inspiration, and creating the conditions for inspiration to strike so that I could write.
If you are facing writer’s block, and are desperately looking for the writer’s block cure, then all you have to do is to sit down and have an honest chat with yourself about what could possibly go right (yes, you read that right) for you as a result of experiencing writer’s block. What could you possibly gain from writer’s block? Will you have to step into your greatness and you are scared of doing so? Or, perhaps you fear the consequences of becoming your best possible self?
Whatever the answer, share it below, I’d love to read about your thoughts on writer’s block and why you are experiencing it and what other writer’s block cure has helped you.
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