So every writer has heard of the writer’s block and I think only true writers really face writer’s block. Others may claim that they have it but it’s possible that they lost the high that writing something initially gave them. Writer’s block is a very real struggle for many writers.
Well, the first thing I want to tell you is that it is going to be alright. I understand that writer’s block can be frustrating. It is especially frustrating if that is what you want to do for a living and no matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to write. There is nothing wrong with you and all you have to do is keep trying to write. If you were used to writing 20 pages a day and then all of a sudden you can’t write anything, I would encourage you to keep writing something. You could write:
- A diary entry
- All your thoughts from that day
- A list of things you want to do this month
- How much you hate writing block
- Anything you can possibly think of
Just keeping your body in writing mode will do wonders for curing writer’s block.
It is discouraging but it will never last forever unless you give into it. If you decide to quit then that’s it, it has won. Now I will say that your writer’s block may last longer than other people’s, and it may look different than others. When I go through writing blocks I find that I don’t have anything interesting to say or I just get discouraged. Others just feel as if it takes a lot longer for them to produce something good. The person who comes to mind when I say that is John Green. He has written 5 books: Looking for Alaska (2005), An Abundance of Katherines (2006), Paper Towns (2008), The Fault in our Stars (2012) and Turtles All the Way Down (2018). He also co-authored 2 books: Let it Snow (2008), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010). So, in the beginning, you can see that between 2005 and 2008 he produced a good quantity of books whether by himself or with someone else. His most prominent writing absence was between 2012 and 2018. The Fault in our Stars is his most successful book and after that book was published people were always asking when he was going to publish another book. In his Vlog, he talks about, on many occasions, that he didn’t know when he would publish another book or if he ever will. He calls it writing block because he was worried he wouldn’t write something that would ever be able to compete with TFIOS. Then he was able to overcome it and published a fantastic book in 2018.
I would beg you to just don’t give up. It is annoying and discouraging but it is a regular part of every writer’s life. Even great writers like John Green, Franz Kafka, and Maya Angelou went through writer’s block but the great thing is that they overcame those times and went on to major success. So keep your head up, put those fingers on the keyboard or pen on the paper and just keep writing cause that will be the best way to keep writing.
Quote of the day: “I suppose I do get ‘blocked’ sometimes but I don’t like to call it that. That seems to give it more power than I want it to have. 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,’ you know. 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