Writer’s block can be a temporary failure to write, to put words on paper. It might be a fear of failure, of success, or fear of perfection. All this can stop you from writing. Even the most successful authors will tell you that they get stuck sometimes. But it’s how you react when you get stuck that will make the difference to your writing.
Is it the fear that your words aren’t good enough? Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Could it be that the block is a problem within your story? Maybe one of your characters isn’t doing what you want them to do, or part of your story doesn’t work and you can’t figure out why. What do you do in this situation, do you stop writing altogether and wait for a resolution to happen in your creative process so that you can move on? Or do you skip that part and write different scenes? Jodi Picoult says that ‘You can always edit a bad page; you can’t edit a blank page.’
I’ve put together a list of articles and podcasts about writer’s block and how to deal with it.
Geoff Goins talks about the problem of writer’s block and offers some solutions.
This article presents 15 of the most common causes of writer’s block and gives ideas about how to cure them.
Masterclass discusses four causes of writer’s block and gives 8 easy steps to overcome it. They also suggest 3 brilliant writing exercises to help loosen writer’s block and get your creative juices flowing again.
Penguin Random House asked some of their authors to share their ideas on how to beat writer’s block. This is definitely worth the quick read.
In this podcast, neuroscience is woven in with different author’s experiences of writer’s block.
This podcast talks to Tom Evans, author, and poet, who works with authors to remove writer’s block and help them connect with their creative muse. Comparing writer’s block to an onion, Tom looks at what the different levels are and how to work through them.
Sometimes when you can’t write, putting your work in progress to one side, and doing a few writing prompts, word or visual, can help you get back into a routine. I have given a few prompt websites here.
I hope that this week’s column has helped you to understand writer’s block and more importantly how to move through and past it should it ever happen to you.
If there are any particular writing topics you want me to cover, please get in touch.
(c) Lucy O’Callaghan