“People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.”- Anna Quindlen
The dreaded writer’s block…
If you are a fiction or a non-fiction writer, you may have faced this nemesis at some point of your writing experience.
Even if you do not write for a living, you may sit at your laptop to craft that work email and then nothing happens.
Your mind draws a complete blank and refuses to move forward.
You begin to panic and throw a nervous glance at the time.
After much struggle, you get some words out there but you hate them.
You hate the words you wrote with a burning passion.
If you wrote them on paper, this is the time when you crumple the paper and play “toss it into the trash can.”
In other words, you have stumbled into the world of writer’s block.
Some may think and feel that writer’s block is a fictional experience that our mind sustains and feeds.
Some feel that it does not exist.
Some others think that it is a potent enemy and nemesis against the sanity of a writer.
Whatever your take on writers block is, you may benefit with some tools, techniques and ideas to get past writing hiccups.
Here are 11 inspiring ways to get beyond this ancient nemesis that wreaks havoc on your writing.
Please Note: This is the week on Writer’ s block at Launchyourgenius. I also wrote a guest post titled 10 Creative Ways To Get Beyond Writers Block at the writing blog of Scarlett Van Dijk. Please check it out for some creative and science backed ways to get beyond writer’s block. Please leave comments for that post on Scarlett’s blog if you have any.
1. Are You Making Connections And Combinations
“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” – Charles Eames
If you are stuck in a plot or a scene, you may be the victim of dead end thinking.
Dead end thinking happens when you resort to what you know and do not make connections.
Connections are vital between the different elements of your story.
They are the lifeblood of the dynamics of forward movement in writing.
Connections ask the question “what is next?”
You may ask the question, “how can I relate this object or idea to the broader picture or how can I connect to to the tiny details?”
When you are stuck in writer’s block, often your mind may be repeating the same scene or may be frozen in one.
This is like playing “freeze” when you were little or pausing a video.
When you feel frozen in time and space, bring some motion and connection to your writing.
Twyla Tharp, the famous choreographer talks about the idea of Zoe and Bios in her book, The Creative Habit.
Zoe and Bios are like the forest and the trees.
Zoe is when you zoom out and relate the bigger picture to the plot. Bios is when you zoom in to look at the tiny details and connect them to your writing.
1. Make connections in your writing and ask: What is next?
2. Zoom in and zoom out of the scene to alter the perspective of the frozen scene.
3. Movement is good to shake up the block and bring the juices of writing back into gear.
2. Lower Your Expectations
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” —George Orwell
Expectations are powerful enemies in the battle against writer’s block.
When you least expect it, your expectations will paralyze you and push you into a checkmate.
Why are unrealistic expectations such a big problem in writing?
The issue is the fine line with pushing yourself to be better and the full blown “I hate my work” because it does not measure up and you expect a lot more from it.
What are your beliefs about how much and how effectively you need to write?
If you believe and expect that you will write important and impactful work every single day of your life, you are setting up for writer’s block.
The truth is much more messy than that.
The truth might just be that we are in our best element only a few times a week.
The best we can hope is to write enough to catch those moments when words seem to ceaselessly flow out of us.
“I deal with writer’s block by lowering my expectations. I think the trouble starts when you sit down to write and imagine that you will achieve something magical and magnificent—and when you don’t, panic sets in. The solution is never to sit down and imagine that you will achieve something magical and magnificent. I write a little bit, almost every day, and if it results in two or three or (on a good day) four good paragraphs, I consider myself a lucky man. Never try to be the hare. All hail the tortoise.” ― Malcolm Gladwell
1. Assess your expectations.
2. Lower the expectations of writing and be happy with producing mediocre work sometimes.
3. Make writing a habit and write regardless of what you think the results might be.
3. Read More
“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” ― Lisa See
How much new and exciting writing do you read every day or during your week?
You may get so busy with writing that your joy of reading great work gets pushed over to the sidelines.
Big mistake. I have found that to get the gears of my mind running smoothly, I need to expose my mind to great ideas and writing.
The more I read, the better the connections and networks I make with my own writing and ideas.
In the recent information age, people devour books because they do not want to be left behind.
They read because they feel a social pressure to do so. But that is not the correct approach to reading.
You need to seek and read the books and material that excite you and make you eager to read.
Is the book a story that you cannot put down?
This is the best way that I know to retain information and make more meaningful connections to your own writing.
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson
1. Read more.
2. Read some more.
3. Read stuff that you love and that makes you ask thoughtful questions.
“We read to know we are not alone.”- William Nicholson
4. What is Your Story?
“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. Then I can go on. Writer’s block is never solved by forcing oneself to “write through it,” because you haven’t solved the problem that caused your unconscious mind to rebel against the story, so it still won’t work – for you or for the reader.” ― Orson Scott Card
Trying to be a perfectionist in your writing is a big problem.
But what if the problem is deeper and causing dissonance?
Psychology research calls this cognitive dissonance, a mismatch between contradictory beliefs and values. This creates significant tension and demands consistency and resolution.
I like the insight by science fiction and fantasy writer Orson Card in his quote above because it goes deeper into the issue of this block.
If there is dissonance between what you wrote and what you find believable and interesting, you may run into writer’s block.
It is a way that your mind and your sub-conscious are telling you that they do not dig the story.
It is your intuition and your inner world whispering to you that the story does not feel authentic.
1. Does your story feel interesting and believable to you?
2. Does your writing feel authentic and express your inner voice?
3. Are you experiencing cognitive dissonance that is expressing as writers block and listlessness?
4. Go back into your writing and change parts to make it more believable and interesting to you.
“I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen–whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book–it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place.” -Jeffery Deaver
5. Is the Beginning causing FEAR?
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”- Stephen King
One of the most messy and uncertain time that you may face with your writing might be the beginning.
You need to set sail and leave the harbor but you fear leaving the known shores for unknown territories and adventures.
“Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps if you have a plan and a course laid out.” – John Gardner
Writing is like a quest, an adventure that makes you happy and also makes you sad and conflicted.
Writing bares your soul and your deepest ideas and lays them open for the world to judge and scrutinize.
This is too much emotional charge for many of us.
FEAR is the classic False Evidence Appearing Real.
Are you feeling the false evidence of a shipwreck and allowing it to block your beginning?
Acknowledge that FEAR will always exist and you need to transcend it, not get rid of it.
1. Are you afraid of the beginning because you are uncertain where to go?
2. Make some structures and rules and restrictions that direct your writing towards a believable signpost.
3. Acknowledge that the discomfort and uncertainty is causing fear of writing and train yourself to act in spite of the fear.
4. Once you take the first step, things will appear more doable and approachable.
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” —Virginia Woolf
6. Create some Distance Between You And The Problem
“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”― Hilary Mantel in The Guardian, Feb 2010
Unfortunately, the common advice for something not working in your life is to persevere and try harder. And harder and better and still harder goes the suggestion.
This might be good advice in some cases but it may not work for writer’s block. You cannot persevere in something if you are unable in putting pen to paper or keystrokes to computer.
The best technique in such cases is the one described by Hilary Mantel.
Create some distance between you and the writer’s block.
The analogy that works for me in this idea is having a completely cluttered house. If you have no room to bring anything new, it may not be a good idea to pile on the stuff.
The solution is to create some space and declutter your mind and your house.
Changing the environment is a common and effective technique used in enhancing creativity.
As Mantel suggests, go do something else that invigorates you and takes your mind away from the writer’s block.
Changing the perspective on the problem will change the way you approach for solutions.
“Write with the door closed. Rewrite with the door open.”- Stephen King
1. Create some distance between you and the writing block or difficulty.
2. Recharge your batteries by doing something that you like or some thing that does not involve writing or thinking about writing.
3. My secret weapon is to get a broom out and sweep the floors. This is strangely meditative, keeps the floors clean and gives me a change of environment. I also like to take a walk in nature sometimes to get the mind off the problem.
7. Switch To a Different Project
“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”― Philip José Farmer
When you are getting stuck, you may want to switch from one project that you have a block on to another one that may be more favorable.
Often the blocks that we experience in one writing work may not be applicable in another writing project.
I do not believe that there is a universal writing block that affects all your writing all at once.
What do you think?
1. Switch to a different project.
2. Assess which project seems to be allowing forward motion and invokes emotion and go with that project for that day.
8. Write the Initial Stages In Secrecy
“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.” ― Erica Jong, The New Writer’s Handbook 2007
The careless word of caution.
The supposedly well-meaning warning.
These are the agents that wound your ego and hurt your spirit when you embark on a writing adventure.
It is important that you do not present your work to others while it is still a tiny spark in your mind, heart, imagination and spirit.
It will be too easy to put out through a careless word and a well-intentioned suggestion.
You need to wait for the spark to become a fire of passion burning powerfully in you.
You have to allow the passion of writing that piece or story to capture your deepest imagination. In other words, your words are now unstoppable.
Your words are now unstoppable by criticism and impossible to wound by careless people or talk.
1. Write in secrecy, at least in the initial stages.
2. Is the fear of being judged and oversensitivity causing writer’s block?
3. Do you write as if the world is listening and ready to pounce on your every tiny mistake?
9. Get Over Comparison And Develop Your Own Way
“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.” —Allegra Goodman
What techniques work for your writing?
What inspires you to write better?
Do you understand your writing and what sustains it and what motivates it?
Becoming aware of your motivations is a great way to get out of writers block.
But understanding that you might be making unfavorable comparison may be causing the block.
Often, we dwell in the greatness of others and measure our writing against others.
This comparison results in feelings of dejection and defeat in our own work.
I love the quote from Allegra Goodman that you need to understand where you stand about your style.
But when you are ready for action, you need to put away comparison and looking to others and write.
1. How often do you compare your work to your peers or your role model?
2. Do you understand what your style is and how you get motivated to write?
3. Is thinking about the achievements of others making you feel small and unimportant in comparison?
4. Do others get more social proof of their writing and does that cause you to feel unhappy about your work?
5. Are the opinions and comparisons of others making you stop your writing?
“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.” —Virginia Woolf
10. Write Badly
“I haven’t had trouble with writer’s block. I think it’s because my process involves writing very badly. My first drafts are filled with lurching, clichéd writing, outright flailing around. Writing that doesn’t have a good voice or any voice. But then there will be good moments. It seems writer’s block is often a dislike of writing badly and waiting for writing better to happen.” -Jennifer Egan
Perfectionism is one of the major reasons for writing problems.
This is because you do not allow you to write badly and do work that does not match your own standards.
The problem is that those standards might just get impossible to fulfill.
Like the famous saying goes, do not allow perfect to become the enemy of the good.
“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’”- Maya Angelou
1. Are you a raging perfectionist in your writing? The solution is to Write poorly. Forget about the advice to write GREAT content all the time and give yourself the permission to write forward.
2. Do you have standards that you are unable to match? Lower them.
3. Realize that first drafts do not need to be perfect.
4. Do not go back and edit. Leave editing for a later on time when you like your writing better.
“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.”-John Steinbeck
11. The Secret Of Great Writing And Getting Beyond Blocks
“The secret of it all is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood of the moment–to put things down without deliberation–without worrying about their style–without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote–wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant, the very heartbeat of life is caught.” - Walt Whitman
The secret of writing as Whitman captures is to simply write without worry. A great way to approach blocks is to stop thinking and just be spontaneous when you can.
Another approach is to transform your writing into a habit.
Set up structures, habits and actions around your writing habit.
Are you waiting for the muses to strike you with inspiration or have you made your writing habitual?
When you have the idea and belief that you need to get inspired before you can write, you may setting up for some writing difficulty.
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”- William Faulkner
1. Simply write in the moment.
2. Cast aside the worry, tension and resistance if possible.
3. Make writing habitual. Form your own writing rituals and habits.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King
Now over to you!
What are some of the techniques and tips that work for you to get past writer’s block?
Which idea resonated most with you?
I would love to know in the comments below about your writing experiences!
Jamie McConochie says
What a fantastic article! I rarely read long posts, but this one had me completely from start to finish. I am quite new to writing and have for the last month or so been going through many of the issues of writer’s block that you describe. As a spiritual life coach I have progressed far with my personal spirituality, and pretty much have it sorted with the tools and strategies to overcome the typical obstacle on the spiritual path. But writer’s block is something quite new for me. Today I realised that by listening to the call of my spirit I can actually follow the flow of my creativity. As if to confirm this the Universe suddenly sent me various indications, quotes, conversations, and your article… now I feel the excitement of my spirit liberating me from many of these writer’s block challenges. In addition I’m going to apply some of the stuff you have suggested here.
Thanks a lot for your comment and your kind words, Jamie! I am honored to know that you do not usually read long posts but you found this one interesting. That makes me very happy!!
I would be very interested to know what some of the strategies and tools that you use to get past spiritual blocks. Usually, my go to practice has been meditation and silence. But even after years of practice, I still sometimes fall off to sleep on the meditation space. It just makes me smile and realize that sometimes falling to sleep is the perfect spiritual solution for that moment! I have begun moving away from trying to judge and label everything as good and bad…good meditation or bad meditation and so on.
I love your realization that by following the call of your spirit, you can follow the flow of your creativity. That is simply wonderful. It is also eminently tweet able and shareable! I love it how the universe sends lessons and messages and points us towards what we need to know at the moment. Pema Chodron, the famous buddhist nun calls her problems Rinpoches in disguise. A wonderfully uplifting way to look at problems.
Let me know if the techniques here are working for you if you apply them!
Thanks again and have a great weekend!
Hope to catch up with you all at the creativity hangout soon.
Jamie McConochie says
I think everyone who is on the spiritual path needs to regularly and consistently keep pulling themselves back on track. It’s like you have to keep kicking the lump of coal back into the fire, and when it falls out you kick it back in again, until one day it will ignite!
When I was in the monastery I learned that the discipline of an externally imposed routine is invaluable, such as the responsibility of looking after animals, or looking after your family and children… that in itself can be your meditation day-in and day-out. Also having what I call spiritual community around you helps… other like-minded friends or colleagues that can give you inspiration when you need it. And in contrast to the disciplined routine it also helps to vary your spiritual practice sometimes… just by doing a different kind of spiritual practice can inject new enthusiasm into you spiritual life. The bottom line is that you constantly need to re-kindle the fire of spiritual passion… that sometimes requires you to go to extremes until you feel the pain of spiritual emptiness so intensely that you bounce back with more energy than ever before.
I love your approach to seeing things as neither “good” nor “bad”. I think that’s a very important step on the spiritual journey, and it can apply to everything… it removes having any expectations when you start your meditation… “Oh, I’m not having a good meditation… I’m not experiencing spiritual consciousness!” as soon as you start to have those kinds of expectations you automatically de-rail your meditation LOL!!
I love the analogy that you provide of kicking the coal back into the fire! I agree that one needs to keep pulling themselves gently back on track. It is precisely this awareness that one has become too comfortable in the spitirual journey that determines the pulling back on track. I love the idea that Ani Pema Chodron’s spiritual teacher Trungpa Rinpoche used to use when spirituality became infused with other things- Spiritual materialism. In some ways, the quest for the perfect yoga practice and so on has sparked a fad of who gets to be the better yogi. But that does not answer the true spiritual quest. The great masters always knew that when ego or too much comparison was brought into there picture, spirituality would take a setback.
I also love your idea of the externally imposed routines. Well said! True meditation can just be a concentrated life and working in one’s daily routines with a passion and presence of mind that makes it into a meditation practice. Herein lies the wonderful wisdom that practice does not have to be on the mat but true practice transcends the mat and the cushion…it spills over into life. And to that extent, spiritual practice becomes a way of life or a life lived with the principles of the spirit; practice. I also like the idea of varying the practice. I think I agree that getting exposed to new ideas and forms of the practice are very beneficial. For example, when I got together with a sangha and did mantra meditation, it was a whole different experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Thanks for your comment!
Have a great weekend!
This was an excellent post, While I am not writing any books, I sometimes feel a bit stuck writing with my blog, but honestly not too often. I think being a personal development blogger minimizes some issues that other types of bloggers have. A lot of my writing is just stream of consciousness and finding my voice is easy when you share so much of your own story.
I also tend to pick a post topic that day based on strikes of inspiration so I think that helps too since I am being led to that topic ‘for a reason’ and I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want to say. Making writing habitual is important. As a freelance writer, I am writing at least a couple of thousand words a day, and on days I am blogging, that adds on about another 2,000. I know that has definitely helped.
I love your blog..the design is awesome.
Thanks a lot for the kind words and thanks for your comment! I greatly appreciate it!
I agree that being a personal development blogger makes for a great many topics to write about. I like the way you put it: “stream of consciousness and finding your inner voice.” I think that I do apply that for many of my posts but I might have to take that advice more to heart and try to flow with the stream of my consciousness a bit more. Sometimes ideas and topics just pop into my head in the most inopportune of moments such as yoga or meditation and I just have to pause and take a note of that. Just as Elizabeth Gilbert says in her TED talk, the famous poet Ruth Stone would find poetry ideas billow towards her as she worked in the field when she was younger. She would run after the thundering idea and catch it on paper before it could escape.
While my ideation os not quite so dramatic, I do recognize the importance of catching it while it is still in the memory. I also like what you said about being lead to a topic for a reason. It is very true that sometimes I blog about what I need to learn more deeply and resolve for myself. So it is a win-win situation!
Yes, making writing habitual is extremely important for a writer. And I agree that blogging adds to the experience of writing. Even though, some of a blogger’s posts may not be as good or successful, they are still giving them writing experience. This perspective has helped me through the doldrums and times of apparent lack of forward motion.
Thanks a lot for your kind words on my blog design, It means a lot to me and I have not received a great deal of feedback about it from others and I have not really asked also. Not sure of what most people think of the design…So it makes me very happy to know that you think that the design is good.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I am greatly inspired by this post. I love the part where you talk about expectation and how it relates to writer’s block. it interesting because most writers are encouraged to imagine how great there work will be which is why I agree that such advice can cause anxiety and lead to a freeze of creativity. Also fear can hamper creativity so we must be careful and watch our thoughts.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks a lot for your comment, Ikechi!
I am very glad to know that this post inspired you! I agree 100% with you that writers are often setup with expectations that become very unrealistic and block their creative process. I think the best solution is to set realistic expectations but it gets difficult because of deadlines and pressures that writers face.
Many people do not want to believe that it is a numbers game and it is ok to produce stuff that is not so great. I really think that the permission to produce and publish and being all right with the results distinguishes the successful writers from those who fail and quit. It involves developing a thick skin to criticisms and casting off anxiety and fear continually.
I like your idea of watching thoughts for fear and managing them before they become a block to the creative writing process. The key is to become aware of the fear before it becomes so vast that it consumes the writing process.
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Harleena Singh says
Good to be over at your blog finally, something I wanted to do for long, but it becomes quite overwhelming with a growing community to handle now 🙂
Your post title pulled be right here from Triberr, and perhaps being a writer myself, I can so well relate to all that you’ve written. However, because of the amount of writing I have to do (not books as yet, just blog writing!), I hardly come across writers block- there is just NO time for that!
Honestly speaking, I am overloaded with SO many ideas and keep then all noted down and take them up as and when is the right time, based on the various niches I have on my blog. But I do have friends who go through this phase and they need a push to get over this huge hurdle. Perhaps if you write consistently, and you have a lot of topics to write on, you’re unlike to go through this phase.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂
Thanks a lot for visiting and thanks for your comment!
I really love your approach to the block- “there is no time for that.” I think that is a wonderful way to transcend the blocks of writing by not focusing on what might be a problem and instead focusing on what works. Inherent in your comment is a nugget of wisdom that by keeping ourself busy and inspired with the things that we love to do, worry and anxiety can indeed be short-circuited.
I am very honored to know that the title was able to interest you to come here and leave a comment. Like you mention, keeping all your ideas noted down is also another great idea that I have also been using for the last several years. It seems that if we take notes of all the ideas that we receive and create an easy retrieval system, it is quite difficult to run out of them. What you said about consistency and having a lot of topics interests me a lot. It is like having habits and rituals for the writing process and going with them everyday.
What I would love to know is how is it that you are able to manage all the writing, social media, the comments, the posts and the community while being able to keep improving and testing things that make your blog better. I am becoming better at managing all the various aspects but I am always looking for great productivity and inspirational tips to makes things easier and better! You are a great inspiration and I appreciate your comment!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Harleena Singh says
To answer your question Harish – it’s certainly not easy to manage it all and be all over 🙂
However, it’s with time that one’s reached this stage as I have been consistently blogging for the past 3 years now and reached where I am today. I guess the things that’ve always worked for me is the blogging relationships I have built with fellow bloggers through commenting and interactions on the social media. Of course, now with the community, it’s got a lot more busier, but I am glad my husband has joined hands to take care of certain things, so we can share the responsibilities, or else I might never have started the community.
What works is doing things at the pace that suit you and not fearing to take innovative steps or making changes – after all that’s one way to be different from the rest- isn’t it? Just my two cents 🙂
Thanks once again, and I appreciate you for joining the community, hoping to see you become really active as well 🙂
Thanks for your comment!
I think you have some great ideas about how to manage time by doing things at a pace that suits each individual person. I also think that too many people try to go at a pace that does not feel organic to them and end up burning out. The idea about being bold and making innovative steps or changes forward is a great one too. This is one area that I have had some problem in the past but I have to tell myself that if I do not change anything, I will still see the same results. Similar to what you suggest, I love the Japanese idea of “Kaizen” or the idea of constant improvement. I just need to remind myself to approach that continually.
I am very glad to know that your husband has joined you to run this together. That is wonderful!! I checked out your community and I love that it is so active and dynamic. I am very excited to be a part of it and looking forward to commenting and reading posts.
I think you are absolutely right when you talk about the relationships you have built with other bloggers being very important. I am learning this over the course of blogging and absolutely love commenting and interacting through social media. I would like to comment on more blogs and on social media but am limited by time usually. But the amount of connections and interaction that I am able to accomplish through these channels feels great!! It is no fun being a blogger and feeling isolated.
Thanks for your comment,
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