Writer’s Block is real, and the most common cause is fear and self-doubt.
Five of the most common fears:
1. 1. Fear of Failure
2. 2. Fear of rejection
3. 3. Fear of success
4. 4. Fear of not pleasing everyone
5. 5. Fear of running dry
Stress can also interfere with the creative process. A major life crisis can sap the flow of thoughts and words. As can something as simple as concern that you aren’t as good a writer as_______(fill in the blank.)
Some general things to do that may help: Exercise—it makes the blood flow to the brain. Avoid sugar—it gives you a false high. Reaffirm your love of writing. Change creative gears—draw, paint, take pictures. These relax the subconscious.
If being stuck is all it is and not full writer’s block. Put yourself in the heroine’s shoes and figure out what you’d do next. Try to name 3 things that will advance your story. Give new information. Skip to a future scene. Consider a new conflict. Introduce a new character. Kick up the emotional awareness. Change direction of story line. Rewrite the scene from another character’s point of view. Move to a different setting. Pick up or slow the pace. Don’t be afraid to delete the scene and start anew.
Understand that getting stuck is normal. Don’t stress. Stop for a brief time and take a walk, or do something you’ve put off doing. These often prime the creative pump.
Remember some pointed quotes and avoid the traps:
Budda—“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
The Bible—“As man thinketh, so is he.”
Emerson—“There is no thought in any mind but it quickly tends to convert itself to power.”
Henry Ford—“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Samuel Beckett—“Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter—try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Last advice: Don’t panic. Know that writer’s block is usually temporary.