Why Accepting Writer’s Block Leads You Down a Spiral
Every author faces writer’s block at one point or another. In fact, I had this mental virus for years while majoring in creative writing in college. Although I was writing stories, my brain and heart were not in it. And I can still remember the awful downward spiral I led myself into.
The thing is, writer’s block is a mental state of being. Which means that if you believe you have it, you might just always be stuck in it. Writer’s block is a mental prison we lock ourselves into. It doesn’t actually exist. So how can we escape from it if it’s not there in the first place?
The trick is to realize that this mental prison is not real. A writer has the power to open the imaginary cell’s door and escape. Accepting writer’s block and adopting it into your life will only ensure that it remains. It is the pessimist’s way of living. “I have writer’s block, therefore I cannot do work.” However, the positive writer will yell, “No more!” and escape.
Is it easy to escape? Not at all. Like I said earlier, it took me years–even
though I was writing for my degree–to get over writer’s block. I couldn’t get inspired. Ideas sounded lame on paper. I didn’t know what to do and I felt helpless. Crying on a weekly basis for my lost passion became a habit. So, no, it is not easy. I was a pessimist. We are all pessimists when things do not go our way, especially when they are difficult.
Nevertheless, as soon as I was confronted by a close friend who told me to “get my act together and start writing,” I did. I cannot say that I wrote with passion right away. It took many months before I fell back into the rhythm of my old self. But you see, the fact that I was writing every day again paved way to once more being passionate about writing. In the end, I ended up with a complete manuscript, the best I’ve ever written. This may be biased because it’s my own work, but after having friends of friends (people I had never met and did not know) read my book too, I realized that I was back to my full potential. I was no longer writing just to write; I was writing because I loved it and I have the talent and dedication and passion for it.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let writer’s block tie you down. It’s all in your head. If you hold on to it, it will only lead you down a spiral.
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