What is Writer’s Block?
Writer’s block is a very real condition in which a writer loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. Thankfully, most of the time writers blocks are temporary although time can seem to be endless while in the midst of a block.
What causes Writer’s Block?
It is almost impossible to determine exactly why Writer’s Block happens. Sometimes, it can be a result of an emotional or physical disturbance the writer is experiencing. Some writers work better with pressure and deadlines, but those same pressures can cause anxiety for others. The most frustrating thing about writer’s block is that often it springs up for no particular reason.
How to overcome Writer’s Block?
This is a very individual answer. Some writers can get back into their creative state by reading another person’s work. Writing prompts can help get past a writer’s block. Stream of conscious writing, when you simply write anything and everything going through your mind, can often get the author back into rhythm. Even just writing quotes or letters can get the brain tricked back into the creative flow.
Personally, I rarely get a serious block. I can almost always find something to write about even if it’s just whatever is running through my mind at that particular moment. However, there are times that I am simply not in the mood to write. On these occasions, I tend to pick up a book and just give myself permission not to write. Either way, I know that once I overcome the block, many times the work that follows is very inspired or extra creative. It makes me wonder if writer’s block might be a signal of my growth as a writer.