Down with the Block

Writing Myths, Part IV

Of course I would be the one picked to write about writer’s block.

See, I don’t believe writer’s block exists. It’s one of the things I’m known for.

Most writers believe that there’s this thing out there, this box that forms around them and prevents them from writing, from gathering any good ideas or writing anything of interest to anyone—even themselves.

I don’t believe that exists. I believe it’s something else.

 

Generally, it’s one of these three things:

1.      Fear.

Many writer’s carry some fear with them. Fear that their stories will never be good enough, that they’ll never get better at craft, that no publisher would go near them with a ten foot pole. And that fear can be crippling. If we don’t keep it in check, it can get so bad that it completely prevents us from writing at all. It closes around us like a vice, telling us that we’re not good enough, that we can’t do this, that there’s no point.

But fear can be overcome by peace.

 

2.      I don’t want to.

I have a friend who calls this “writer’s-I-don’t-want-to.” It’s a form of the so-called writer’s block, because it stops writers from writing. This happens when we don’t want to, when we’ve reached that point that we feel drained of all energy from everything else that goes on in our lives, and we would rather do something else—anything else. It’s that feeling when your fingers want to write but your brain says you’d rather sit down and watch TV.

But this too can be overcome, with self-control.

 

3.      Procrastination.

This is the writer’s biggest enemy. It’s not the block, it’s not fear, it’s procrastination. Many prefer to sit on their bums and do nothing at all, than do something productive. It’s the curse of many college students, and the thing that prevents writers from getting where they want to go. It’s that feeling of “I’ll do it later” or “there’s plenty of time left,” that stops us from working now, and doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

But this can also be overcome, by stepping up and getting to work.

 

There is no writer’s block. Remind yourself of that. There are things that try to stop you from writing, but you can overcome them. You will.

Be strong, control yourself, and get it done.

That’s all it takes.

 

Rani Divine
Editor, Mavguard Magazine