Something all of us writers HATE.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced it at some point in our writing careers. We might think it’s an extremely bad thing when writers block consumes us…….is it really a bad thing?
No. It’s not a real thing. It’s a made-up story some people may use when they are not motivated to write.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking “I thought writers block was a bad thing.” Believe me, I thought so too, but apparently, it’s not. I think now you are all wondering,” Then what the heck is it really?” Well, wonder no more my friends, here’s what writers block really is stated in one sentence.
It’s an excuse writers tell themselves when they don’t feel like writing- Writers block is not a term we use to cover up or hide, it’s just an excuse we may use on a day we don’t feel like writing. We say, “oh, I’ll write this tomorrow.” Or “I’ll just take a rest day today and push off this article to this day or week.” Some writers just don’t say this to say it, they say it because deep down we really want to write, but we can’t get ourselves to.
I must admit; the above explanation is me most of the time. I’ll have an idea I want to write about for a publication I write for in my head, but I won’t have the energy or motivation to type it out that same day, so I push it off to another.
There are feelings we get as writers when we want to be productive and write for a day, but we can’t. Here’s what those feelings may be:
- Procrastination- as writers, we tend to procrastinate, especially if we write for platforms that have deadlines included. Procrastination is a common thing for everyone, for writers though I think it might be worse in a lot of ways. Does any writer out there agree?
- Wanting to be a perfectionist all the time– If your someone who suffers from perfectionism, you always tend to beat yourself up for every single tiny mistake in your writing. You want your writing to be perfect. If it’s not, then you feel your work is not goanna be good enough to be seen by your readers until it’s as perfect as you can get it. Can any perfectionist out there relate?
- Fear- When some writers want to write something very personal, our wall inside us goes up and we fear writing that personal thing and putting ourselves out there. I can relate to this point. A few months back, I had a very personal article I wanted to write about for one of the platforms I write on. When I saw there was a section specifically for what this article was going to target, I was happy. Deep down though, I also was nervous to reach out to the team of writers and ask if I could write about it because I didn’t know how everyone was going to take it. I found the courage and reached out. The outpouring of love and support I got was overwhelming. It had me almost in tears.
- Lack of ability Some people just aren’t the best of writers. What I mean by that is writing just doesn’t come naturally to them and that’s ok. It may be their very first-time writing., If you know someone like this, my advice: don’t leave them high and dry. If they ask you for your help, help them! If they ask you to edit their work before sending it in somewhere for first time submission, take some time out of your day to edit their work. It’s not that hard. Be a true friend and lend a hand to a first time nervous writer if needed.
For the past year, I’ve been thinking I’ve never experienced writers block yet. After researching if there are ways writers block is bad for you, I learned that writers block is not really a real thing, which I didn’t know until just now. So, I guess it’s now safe to say I really have experienced it.
For any writer who believes writers block is a real thing, don’t. It’s only a combination of one excuse we tell ourselves when we don’t want to write and a mix of four feelings we get when we really want to write but can’t, all combined into what we call writers block. That’s it. This is all it is, plain and simple, nothing more.