Writer’s Block – Fact or Fallacy?
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so; do you think this effects fiction writers more than non-fiction writers, and why?
Fallacy. Just like a movie is made up of actors, cameramen, directors, scriptwriters, waiters etc. Your working environment affects what you write and how much you write. To create an environment that is conducive to writing, declutter your physical space and free your mind. This will help you to write fiction or non-fiction.
Thank you, Rosarios, and I agree. Some people believe in the block, and I am also curious to learn of their viewpoints and experiences.
When we draw a blank when trying to write, we say it's writer's block...but all we have to do is take a look around or take a short break. We also can't tell ourselves it's "writer's block" because then we will start to believe and we won't be able to come up with ideas. It is a state of mind... once when thinking I had writer's block I ended up writing a hub about it. Like I said...state of mind.
Writer's block for me is only something that comes about when I am focuse on writing about a paricular item. When I reach that point, I start asking myself if there is really enough here to make something of or am I not really into seeing it through. Ironically, most of the time, it is the way that I am approaching the subject...maybe I am going at it head-on when a more subtle approach is better..things like that. I encourage all writers to get outside their normal comfort level. It pushes their growth and it helps immensely in fighting the blocks. Also, I can not say enough about what poetry can do to relieve the condition. Poetry is so precise that when you return to normal writing, you feel as if the chains have been unlocked. I recommend it to everyone. WB
I do believe that it effects we fiction writer's more. Non-fiction writers can be effected as well, but not in the same way as fiction writers. I believe it's because of the fact that so much of what the fiction writer conjures up is from our abitity to use our Imaginations and Dream up new and strange things.
It's hard to come up with something that hasn't been done before that will lure readers or viewers in and keep them coming back for more. This isn't the case for Non-fiction writers. While they may face the same demons when it comes to hooking an audience their writing comes from Facts or True Stories. They don't have to invent whole persons, places or things, they have other means inwhich to be creative.
So, Yes I do believe that writers block does effect Fiction writers more than Non-fiction writers and thanks for this great question.
I think it affects all writers in all genres at some point in time. Problem I see is that term is often thought of as "short-term" (page or two or a day or two) or long-term (mo--etc). I think it can be as short as a few (even one?) word when that intangible thought process won't flow the way one is working, and the words/phrases/thickening plot/idea/point drives the writer nuts because he/she can't say what they want to say. Words can be elusive. While the effects of it may hamper fictions writers more often and perhaps for longer periods of time, I think it's there across the board. Agree w/R--good question. Interesting.
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