Writers – it should go without saying – love writing. The enthusiasm that surrounds creating a piece of writing from one’s mind is a thrill enjoyed by all kinds of writers. However it’s a process which is far from easy and many obstacles can hinder a writer’s progress.
One of these is the dreaded writer’s block. Writer’s block is an issue that affects all writers, a phrase usually used to refer to the scenario where a writer doesn’t have any inspiration or ideas to continue their writing, therefore being stuck and unable to carry on.
Starting a new piece of writing is a challenging thing to do. Writer’s block, more often than not, kicks in before a word has been written. This may be caused by worrying too much or over-thinking the writing process. It’s therefore important to put these thoughts to the back of your mind when you’re writing and believe in your own ability.
There are ways to overcome the writer’s block that occurs before you start writing, but there are also ways to prevent it. Writer’s block is inevitable for any writer that writes without planning. Prewriting is useful in preventing writer’s block later on, as your ideas are all written out for reference already.
Even if writer’s block isn’t prevented, these prewritten concepts can help to overcome it, by giving your brain the motivation or inspiration it needs to continue writing. Think of prewriting as the act of writing thoughts and feelings onto a page to fuel the writer’s mind.
Another thing that can cause writer’s block a lack of confidence in ourselves. You may tell yourself you don’t know what you’re doing, or think that you can’t successfully write the piece you’re working on. Motivation is important to starting a piece of writing, so you need to keep a positive outlook throughout the creative process.
Procrastination is something which affects us all, and can often contribute to writer’s block: it disrupts your concentration and train of thought, and makes it difficult to return to your writing. There are a couple of ways to deal with procrastination; you can slow down, plan out what you’re going to do, and continue working when you’re ready with a full plan in place, or you can acknowledge your procrastination and get to work straight away. Different methods will work for different writers.
Writer’s block can be an inconvenience to all writers; however it’s clear that all writers experience it at some point during the writing process. There are ways of getting around it, however. As I have mentioned, these methods of overcoming writer’s block include prewriting, being disciplined in recognising procrastination and reacting to it, and embracing our deeper confidence to begin or continue a piece of writing. These are varying approaches, however they are all completely valid points and pieces of advice that can help when faced with the task of overcoming the dreaded writer’s block.