Writer’s block is something that many authors claim to have had at some time or another. A Google search pulls the following definition for writer’s block.
The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
I currently have a case of writer’s block. I started on a great idea for a post about marriage. However, the words just wouldn’t come out right. The text felt clunky. It also lacked the sense of emotion that I wanted. But, now I am here writing about writer’s block instead.
What are some of the common causes of writer’s block?
Writer’s block is triggered by different things for different people. I do have ideas on what causes me to have writer’s block though.
- Sleep deprivation
- Lack of planning
- Not taking myself seriously as a writer/blogger
- Unstructured writing times and locations
First off, sleep and I have an interesting relationship. Sometimes we get along just fine. Other nights, specifically last night, we end up playing games. Sleep acts like it wants to happen and does for a time. However, two hours later there I lie, awake in bed. Then sleep comes back for a while, and then leaves again, etc. 4-6 hours of sleep is no condition to be writing under. I have found my ideal to be 7-8 hours of sleep. If I don’t get that, things don’t work right.
Secondly, up until recently, I haven’t been much of a planner. I’m getting better at it. Sometimes I over-plan. Other times I don’t plan enough or at all. I usually have a general idea of what I will write. However, I don’t usually plan out posts and content. I just sit down with the idea and figure, “that will be enough”. Sadly, that isn’t the case which brings me to the next point.￼
Third, I don’t truly take myself seriously as a writer/blogger yet. I’m working on that, but it is a difficult mental shift. I used to view blogging as a hobby. It was something I could do when I felt like it and on whatever topic I wanted. Now, I’m beginning to appreciate that I need to take blogging more seriously. I should view it as a way of potentially changing lives, including my own. As such, I need to become a better writer and take this “job” more seriously.
Lastly, having no structured writing time or location is a big issue for me. Sometimes I write on Wednesday nights from a bean bag chair. I am currently writing this post at 6:15AM with the laptop on my lap. Other times I have written when “inspired” to do so. I’ve written from my bed, from tables, and from other random locations. In short, I currently don’t have a structured time and place just for writing. I’m working to change that.
How does one overcome writer’s block?
Do what I just did and write about it! You’ll be surprised what you will discover about yourself in the process.