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Writers block hurts like a paper cut
Least we do not waste paper any more.
What is writers block?
Writer's block is almost like an illness. Well, no , it is not. But if you are a passionate writer who falls down with Writer's block, it feels as much of an affliction as having one of your eyes poked out!
You may find yourself desperate to write for a number of reasons. You have decided to write that book that every one says is inside you waiting to come out. (Some peoples books really should be left locked up). You may be desperate to make some cash and the body is willing but the mind is not. You may wish to put down your thoughts and feelings but do not know where to start.
It does not mean a lacking in your ability. Even the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion admits to having suffered Writer's block. Only one of amongst many famous writers including,Henry Roth stopped writing because of his writer's block. He became a fire fighter, labourer and teacher. Then after retirement published after a sixty year break.
Doesn't matter what your reason however. You can not seem to think of how to write or what to write about. It is as if some one has put the Berlin wall up inside your head. So how do you over come writer's block?
You start by addressing the issue. Are you bored and need a muse? Go out and relax. Break from the mould and do some thing you enjoy for the day. Absorb new knowledge and thoughts. You might meet a crazy hubber on the bus stop who gives you ideas. Or you may walk around a country park and nature will give you inspiration. You may even find yourself staring at your kettle in the kitchen and decide to write about the different styles of kettles. You just never know.
One thing that I do know , is no matter how long you simply stare at the screen or writing ad. You will just get frustrated and will make your writer's block a lot worse and last longer. A related issue to this is known as Blank page syndrome. It is where you merely need help starting off. You look at the clean canvas for your writing and do not know how to start . Sometimes this is because you want to get it write and do not want to defile the way the page looks. Go right ahead and defile the page. Heard of word association? Write one word. Then you have defaced the page and may be able to start thinking of what you can write.
If you really still can not do any writing. Walk away for a few days if you have to. Some times it is simply your brains way of telling you, you have nothing to say.