Monday, October 4, 2010
Writer's Block: Common Myth
Before you get in an uproar, allow me to explain my position. Everyone has sat in front of their preferred media and felt as if their mind was completely blank. It is frustrating and it makes you want to rip your hair out. So, what do you do? Do you give up? Do you throw in the towel? No, you look for a solution to your Writer's Block. You go through all of the common techniques including brainstorming. After a while of unsuccessfully being able to break through the barrier, you probably walk away in disgust hoping that the mood to strike you will return.
Here is the deal, most writers are tempermental. We like the idea of being an artist. We embrace the idea that we can only write when we are inspired. So, we only sit down when our minds find their own way to the things we want to write down. The problem is, when life gets in the way, you will allow yourself to make a lot of excuses which will keep you from your writing. Writer's block is less of a problem for those who write content as a normal 9 - 5 job. There is a reason for this.
Mental conditioning is the key to removing excuses. Since writer's block is nothing mroe than an acceptable excuse, removing this excuse is something you will need to work towards. Rituals are extremely important if you are lookiing to increase productivity. Do whatever it is which will put you into the mindset of writing and make sure that you have a set time that you regularly write. Choose a place where you can sit down and be free from interruptions and distractions. This will help you to be able to write.
If you cannot think of anything to write, it is because you are trying to force yourself into writing in a particular manner. Open your mind and just start writing. It is less important whether you write something which is pure genius or pure babble. The more important thing is the exercise. Stretch that mental muscle every day and you will condition yourself to be able to go the extra mile. The more you get into a ritual, the less often you find yourself stuck in the writer's block quandry.
Remain true to being a creative artist, but discard the whole inspiration based writing style. It is simply not conducive to being able to produce work on a regular basis. If you do not have the ability to dedicate yourself in this manner, than you will encounter writer's block or whatever else you might want to call it. No matter waht happens, never give up! Never surrender! You will prevail!