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Author Apocalypse: February 2017 Edition - Overcoming Writer's Block

Author Apocalypse

February 2017 – Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Contents

Is Writer’s Block Really a Myth?

Overcoming Current Blockage

Avoiding Writer’s Block

[]Is Writer’s Block Really a Myth?

Writing is not easy; it takes a lot of work. Yet many people believe that writing is some kind of magical creative power that causes words to flow from the fingers onto pages. That’s the first myth. Writing is the combination of skillset, experience, planning and creativity. There’s nothing magical about it, save for the way we feel when holding our first published book in our hands – but that’s a different story.

I do not believe in writer’s block in the sense that everyone else seems to see it. There’s not some mythical power out there that halts our progress and rips words from our minds. Yes, there are certain situations that can make it harder to write but they are all realistic and manageable. Yes, I said manageable because we can learn to completely avoid writer’s block.

So What Exactly Is Writer’s Block?

Writer’s block is often a condition that’s misunderstood because it can certainly feel like words are being ripped right from our heads. In reality, writer’s block just means that you are not able to follow your passion due to some kind of psychological blockage.

Consider this: a writer who is passionate about their craft might not be 100% sure of their future, but they know what that their passion is writing. Therefore, they know what they can do in this exact moment to fulfill that passion – which is to write. Remember, writers put their butt into a chair and write. I say this countless times through this blog.

The bottom line is that a writer in their natural state knows:

1. That their true passion is writing.

2. A small action that they can take now in order to act on their passion.

People who are not 100% sure of those two factors is going to experience writer’s block. Usually, a writer who suffers from writer’s block cannot figure out an action to take right now. For example, they are stuck on a certain scene because their mind is not in the present.

An Easy Metaphor

Let’s use a bathroom sink as a way to understand writer’s block. If you stop clearing your sink then it’s going to gradually become blocked with trash, hair and other little nasty things. Little-by-little, all of that stuff will start to add up so the sink will take longer to drain. The more the sink becomes clogged, the harder it is to do your everyday tasks like shaving and brushing your teeth. So the more you avoid unclogging the sink, the more difficult it will be to get your day started.

Imagine that bathroom sink is your mind. As writers, we have a ton of creativity in our heads. A lot of those creative thoughts are junk that are just going to clog us, making writing that much more difficult. There are also many other factors that can completely clog your mind. Breakups, loss of a job or depression can all play a role in clogging your mind. However, I’m not qualified to tell you how to deal with those issues so I will focus on the creative side of the coin. All I will say is that you should deal with those issues rather than try to avoid them.

Writer’s block is the result of creative baggage that clogs up the path from your mind to your keyboard. Just like the sink, your mind simple cannot drain down onto the pages because of the blockage. So how do we unblock it?

Prevention is the key so that’s what I tend to focus on the most. With that said, once you are blocked then writing is going to be tough. Others are going to zoom past you because their blockage is less than yours. You struggle to find that passion. That passion is paramount on your mind but the blockage is keeping you from being able to determine the next step.

It’s exhausting and aggravating. It does feel like some curse is magically keeping us from putting words to paper until we understand the truth behind it.

So yes, writer’s block is a myth in the sense of how everyone views it, but there is a very real creative blockage that can occur.

[]Overcoming Current Blockage

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, don’t let it discourage you. As we addressed in a previous post (found here), writer’s block is not some magical power that is out to get you. It’s a very real blockage, which means that there are ways that you can overcome it!

Before we get into the ways to clear the blockage, let’s look at a few ‘anti-solutions.’


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p<>{color:#000;}. You will never overcome writer’s block by only writing when you feel “inspired.”


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p<>{color:#000;}. You will never overcome writer’s block by feeling sorry for yourself.


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p<>{color:#000;}. You will never overcome writer’s block if you procrastinate.


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p<>{color:#000;}. You will never overcome writer’s block is you make excuses.


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p<>{color:#000;}. You will never overcome writer’s block by taking a break to watch television.

Avoid all of those things because they are only going to make a bad situation worse. With that said, the best way to deal with writer’s block is to avoid it altogether. However, if there is already blockage then we have to clear it first. We know that writer’s block isn’t some curse so there are real methods that can be used to clear it.

Exercising is Your Go-To Method to Clear Writer’s Block

I know that one of my favorite sayings is to put your butt into a chair and write. However, it’s going to drive you crazy to sit there while blocked and does absolutely no good. It’s like just waiting for water to drain out of a sink drain. Sometimes we have to get up and become active.

You see, energy plays a huge role in writing, why else would coffee be so popular among writers. However, the absolute best way to gain energy is through exercise. I feel that this is the best place to start so if you’re having trouble with blockage, try scheduling a jog just before sitting down to write. I know that exercise seems tiring, but it actually boosts your metabolism and gives you a lot of energy.

You can also try going a few pushups and/or sit-ups before writing. Anything to get your blood pumping works.

My Fail-Safe Solution

You guessed it! The only other method aside from increasing your energy output is to use the butt-to-chair method. The only fail-safe method of unblocking your psyche as a writer is to put your butt into a chair and write.

Start somewhere – it doesn’t have to be good. You just have to write something. Don’t think about it too much. You’re not trying to write a masterpiece; you’re trying to unblock your creativity. Plus, first drafts always suck so don’t worry too much about it. One of the problems that many people run into is that they worry way too much about perfecting their draft. Our job as writers is to simply write.

More importantly, if you’re not writing out of joy then you probably shouldn’t be writing in the first place. While certain topics might be more difficult than others, we should enjoy the challenge.

If you just sit down and start writing, I promise that you’ll get through the blockage. This is the main difference between professional writers and amateurs – professionals can sit down and write, no matter what. We understand that the whole reason for editing is to fix our crappy drafts.

The best way to overcome writers block is to write!

[]Avoiding Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is one of the most annoying afflictions in the writing world. We have debunked the myth surrounding writer’s block and proven that it’s not some magic power, but a very real creative blockage that occurs. In most cases, creative block is caused by pure junk that’s clogging our minds. While the best way to overcome writer’s block is to write, there are some preventative measures that you can take to make the writing process much easier.

Look, I personally haven’t been afflicted by writer’s block in over a decade. There’s a reason why professional writers can write entire articles on queue – because we have a system in place that prevents it altogether. This blog post is going to show you how to apply that same system into your writing. By the time we’re done, you will have the tools to conquer writer’s block once and for all.

Plan your Book Before you Start Writing

This might sound really easy, but it’s not as simple as just thinking of an idea and trying to write about it. It’s about finding the book that you were meant to write. It also involves carefully planning an outline and doing most of your research beforehand. When you start writing, you want to write. You don’t want to have to stop writing in order to research some important point. Creating an outline helps guide you along the way, so all you have to do is write.

To me, this tells me whether someone is serious or whether they are just toying with the idea of writing. Those who are toying with the idea are not really writers, but hobbyists. If you’re truly serious about writing, then you have to stop toying with the idea and get willing to put in the work. Planning is never fun, but it will keep your writing more organized. No, it’s not necessary but planning unclogs the creative process.

All you really need is to develop a tentative Table of Contents for the book. It forces you to flesh your idea out into an organized format.

Never Compare Yourself to Other Writers

You should be an avid reader but never compare yourself to other writers. Just write from the heart and be authentic. If you happen to be comparable to another writer, then let others make the comparison but don’t pay it any attention.

When we compare ourselves to other writers, we are never going to write a book that’s good in our eyes because it will never compare to theirs. That doesn’t mean your book is bad, it means that you’re a unique person who is putting a part of their very souls into each sentence.

There’s really no way to forecast how readers are going to react to your writing but as long as you are authentic (and EDIT), you will build an audience. There’s no need to compare yourself to anyone else.

Stop Editing As You Write

For most of us, this is the default mode that’s embedded into us but it’s also the number one cause of creative block. Stopping after every sentence to edit is going to hinder your creativity. In order to write our best work, we must free the creative reins that editing tries to tighten. In other words, writing should only consist of writing. Editing is a completely different phase that comes later. Writing and editing must be separated.

The first draft is not about creating a finished piece; it’s about transforming your ideas into words. All first drafts suck. The truth is that many people spend years writing their first draft because they constantly stop to edit. Guess what? Their first draft still sucks. It’s just a fact of writing.

When you sit down to write, then you should be writing. Don’t worry about finding the perfect words. Just write from your heart.

If you follow these three simple rules then you will never have to worry about writer’s block again. In fact, writer’s block is just a myth. However, creative block is very real and it’s brought on by a lack of organization. It’s not some curse that’s been cast on you by the writing gods in order to make your life a living hell.

Bring Ideas to Life!

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When you self-publish your book, readers expect it to meet the same high standards set forth by commercial publishers. After all, readers have been exposed to this standard throughout their entire lives.

In short, getting your book published is easy. Publishing a successful book is much more challenging. That’s why we have put together so many tools to help you succeed.

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Author Apocalypse: February 2017 Edition - Overcoming Writer's Block

  • Author: Dream Master Publishing
  • Published: 2017-02-01 20:20:10
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Author Apocalypse: February 2017 Edition - Overcoming Writer's Block Author Apocalypse: February 2017 Edition - Overcoming Writer's Block