I don’t believe in “Writer’s Block.”
Sometimes people ask me, “How do you deal with writer’s block?” My answer? I don’t believe in it. It simply doesn’t exist. But here’s what I do believe in:
1) Procrastination. We all do it. We’re not machines; I doubt there’s anyone in the world who hasn’t procrastinated at one point or another. It happens. So what do you do when you realize you’re procrastinating? I make “deals” with myself. I will procrastinate for another half an hour, then I will get work done. I will win one game of solitaire, then I will get work done. I will read for a half hour, then I will get work done. Preparing my mind works for me. Usually I give myself a half hour, and then I’m ready to go.
2) Laziness. Yes, sometimes we can be lazy. This isn’t the mythological “writer’s block.” It’s your fault. Take responsibility for your own laziness; don’t blame it on an outside force. Because when it comes down to it, you’re responsible for your actions. You control what you do. So stop being lazy, and get working.
3) Plot problems. You realize that something in your plot isn’t working out. It happens to all of us. So what do you do? Tackle the problem. Throw a hundred ideas out there for how to solve it. 99 of them can totally suck. All you need is one good one, and then you’re fine to continue. Take ACTION to work it out. Solving the problem IS in your control. If you blame it on something else — like the so called “writer’s block” — then you’re not giving yourself enough credit.
4) Having an off-day. Sometimes the words don’t flow as well as they have for the past few days. This may be because the scene just isn’t as fun for you to write. So what? That’s not an excuse to stop. Write the best you can; you can always go back and edit it later.
5) The excuse of not being inspired. This claim irritates me the most of all of them. The outside world has no responsibility to inspire you. YOU have the responsibility to inspire yourself. Stop making excuses. Writing is just like any other job — sometimes you’re just not in the mood to do it one day. But do doctors decide to randomly not go into work because they’re not in the mood to do so? NO! Why is writing any different? It’s NOT. Read over what you wrote yesterday. Research into something you need to clarify more. Work through plot problems. Beat procrastination. But above all else, remember, sometimes you need to force yourself to be inspired. That’s just the way it is.
Nothing’s more annoying than a person who makes excuses. You know what those people are also known as? People who don’t finish what they start. Don’t be one of those people. You deserve better than that, and it’s up to you to make it happen.
That’s it for today! I hope this was helpful.