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*Inhales* Ah yes, the smell of ammonia mixed with a hint of latex.
It’s time for your regular doctor’s visit. Don’t worry, no one is going to ask you to turn your head and cough. Instead, we’re going to examine one of the major setbacks in the writing process. Often times, this drawback will be accompanied by those all too familiar warning signs:
Yes my friend, I hate to say it, but these highly sophisticated (highly fabricated) lab results tested positive for writer’s block.
Now, before you press the panic button, here’s the simple, universal truth: Writer’s block is treatable.
Overcoming writer’s block seems overwhelming. It’s a frustrating feeling with no clear end in sight. The uncertainty and uneasiness of writer’s block can leave even the best writers desperate and derailed. However, it’s a normal part of the writing process. A necessary evil. Let’s take the emotional response out of the equation and dissect writer’s block from an outside, detached perspective.
There’s no one simple source of causation to writer’s block. Many causes often stem off of one another and having an open, honest conversation with yourself reveals the reasoning behind your stagnation.
Writer’s block can result from:
Depending on how long you have been experiencing writer’s block, the days, weeks, or even months might seem to drag on. The short-term action steps are those preventative steps you can take to combat writer’s block before it even becomes a problem.
Once writer’s block creeps into your blood system, our tactics for curing it become a lot more focused and intensified. These steps require a little more effort on your part, but the payoff is justified.
As with any proper treatment plan, it’s pertinent to your health to be advised of the possible side effects when following the doctor’s order:
Building up your immunity against writer’s block requires an individual to identify certain triggers associated with writer’s block. Once you’re able to recognize these pitfalls, one should take certain measures to avoid these risk factors. Now, of course this isn’t always easy, and in certain situations, may seem impossible, but be patient with yourself. There’s always a learning curve and room for growth.
Possible triggers include:
Dealing with writer’s block can feel upsetting, but you’re not alone in the process. Writer’s block is the equivalent to the common cold. Many people, including world-famous writers, reported facing writer’s block. It’s real and it’s really discouraging, but it’s not permanent.
Take it one step at a time. Even if a few of those steps require you to take a couple steps back. Trust your strength and perseverance. Over time your body and mind will be ready and willing to get back to writing. For us, writer’s block isn’t the infection, writing is. Furthermore, if you have any additional tips, or thoughts about writer’s block, please feel free to comment below. Until then, happy writing, everyone!
Kristina Rezek: "There's nothing more exciting than seeing the words, "FADE IN:" typed on your computer screen, written on a piece of notebook paper, scribbled on a random, semi-used napkin, or craved on a nearby rock. (You know, whatever form of medium you use for your writings is totally up to you).
Letting your imagination follow through your fingertips as you dive into the wonders and woos of writing is a courageous, and sometimes, draining task.
Whatever your reason for writing, keep at it!"
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