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Writers block hurts like a paper cut

Updated on May 13, 2011

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.


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  • Ddraigcoch profile image

    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you for leaving a comment and I hope you are not afflicted with either any time soon Flora. It is a horrid rut to try and get out of. I have even done a doodle just to mark the page. It is crazy, but it works.

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    FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

    Yes, I find that Blank Page syndrome affects me more than Writer's Block, particularily if it is a topic that has been given to me-as in university class or working as a freelance writer on sites where businesses advertise for specific articles to be written.

  • Ddraigcoch profile image

    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you for all the comments. I think I need to go to my muse. The old fashioned pen and paper. I work best with them.

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    glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

    Thanks for the Hub! When I started on HubPages, I was cranking out multiple Hubs a day... Now it dwindles to a few each year! You're right, it does hurt... my earnings! :)

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    K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

    an easy to relate to hub :) I find for me the easiest way to overcome writers block is to force yourself to write, even if its about how frustrating writers block is, anything to kick start the inner muse

    again a great hub thanks for sharing it

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    A great hub that I'm sure many wil be able to relate too.

    Well presented and very useful to many, so thank you for sharing.

    Take care


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    Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Ddraigcoch, great information and advice I'm sure it will help a lot of people who will have writer's block .

    Awesome hub !!!