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Can't get started or stalling when you do? Whether experienced or novice, most writers suffer from the dreaded writers' block at some time. And it's not really surprising it happens.
Writing is hard work. It's a craft as well as an art and it has to be learned, practised and improved. Writing takes time and effort. The only way to learn it is by doing it. And the only way to practise is by doing it.
And the only way to improve is by doing it. Yes, it's great when the creative juices flow, but most of the time it's a case of turning up and persevering.
The block can be brought on by author fatigue, or by lack of commitment. But it can also be caused by lack of experience, by lack of confidence, or by lack of inspiration. Its major symptom is procrastination which in turn leads to frustration, and in the most serious cases self-loathing and despair — where that voice inside tells you that you were a fool to ever think you could write — and you are tempted to give up completely.
Beating the block But please, if you're affected by writers' block, don't give up. It is possible to recover and become both creative and productive once more. And because it can be due to different reasons it follows there are different remedies.
So let's take them one by one: Author fatigue — first of all congratulations for having got started and persisted up to this point.
You've most likely been writing intensively — a do-not-disturb notice issued to friends and family — and every possible moment has been spent at your desk. You may well have been enthused, full of ideas and completely committed to your project.
But then the well runs dry. Suddenly — or gradually — enthusiasm wanes, focus is lost and ideas dry up.
It's time for a complete break, time to replenish. So, get out of your writing space and re-engage with the world. The natural world is a particularly effective remedy. Going for a walk, run or cycle outdoors really does blow the claggy cobwebs away.
And as you focus on the physical, your mind can go off on its own to process, refresh and reboot. Social distractions are good too. A meal, a drink, and a catch up with the important people in your life also give the creative department of your brain some much-needed downtime. It seems as if switching your focus lets your mind declutter and work on things in the background — including your latest writing project — with no active input from you.
And don't forget to spoil yourself a bit too — take a nap or a nice long bath — or even READ, yes, lose yourself in a good book. It's amazing how after some time away you'll find renewed enthusiasm for the work-in-progress.
Lack of commitment — your writing can sometimes stall because the project you're working on doesn't excite you or seems pointless. In which case walk away. But it may be that even although you're enjoying the piece you're working on, you're still finding it hard to do, or to justify the time spent on it.
This is where deadlines come in handy. Competitions are a great way of imposing a deadline on your project and will also ensure you give your writing your best shot. Lack of experience — the only remedy here is: Yes, you need to be brave.
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