The ultimate writer's block pep-talk (to be read in every creative emergency)
We've all experienced "writer's block" at one time or another, right?
You know, that feeling that all your best ideas have been stolen away by "the boogeyman".
Where you can't remember your writing voice and everything you spit out seems stale and unoriginal. That is, if you're spitting out anything at all. A lot of the time you're just in the staring phase, paralysed by the blank page and the thought of defiling it is making you a little sick, to be honest. Right?
This feeling has been annoying, frustrating and even debilitating for me in the past, so I can relate if you feel like this is where you are right now...but I also have some ultra-fantastic news for you.
"Writer's block" is curable, you've just got to stop acting like it's not.
And I don't mean that in some fluffy woo-woo, "The Secret" kind of way. This is a fact:
If you freak out every time you get stuck on your latest writing project and convince yourself that it is forever instead of just a season, you'll turn something that was really only a small setback into a hideous, debilitating long-term issue.
You are not blocked forever. You're not going to suffer forever. And in fact, the suffering can end exactly when YOU decide.
"Writers' Block" is simply a type of fear that gets stronger every time you call it by this name.
@@"Writers' Block" is simply a type of fear that gets stronger every time you call it this name.@@
In The Authorship Program®, we discuss the importance of knowing that some beliefs are limited, and some are unlimited. Some beliefs are useful, and others are detrimental. Writer's block is the most detrimental belief of all.
Feeding into the idea of it and giving it more strength and weight in your life than it should have is only keeping it around longer than it needs to be.
So, how long is it going to take you to gather the courage to turn on the lights and peer under the bed, only to find that "the boogeyman" is just a pair of old socks?
How long will you let fear eat away at everything that was fun and good about writing, instead of plunging in and remembering that it isn't so bad after all?
There's no physical reason you can't pick up a pen and start writing whenever you want to.
Don't tell yourself you can't - you can.
And you will when you're ready.