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.