Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with typing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. For the past few weeks (more like month or two) I have not been able to write as consistently as I should. Every single day I feel the urge to write but I am always able to talk myself out of it. Can you relate to that?
As I have heard legendary motivational speaker Les Brown say in one of his speeches, one of the keys to getting unstuck is to evaluate one’s position. What brought you here and what is it that makes you convince yourself not to write? Going through that exercise was revealing and I want to share with you what you can do to break your writer’s goal.
Here are three reasons why you and I don’t write as often as we could, and ideas on what to do about it so you can write more often.
1. You don’t make writing a priority
find make time for the things that are important to us. If writing is a skill you want to develop or you just love expressing yourself through writing, you must make it a priority. How do you make it a priority without it affecting other equally important areas of your life? By setting a schedule for writing. It could be daily, bi-weekly or weekly. Make it as important as feeding your body. No matter what we have to do or how we spend our days, we always are able to find time to get something to eat. Make writing as important as eating to survive. Then you cannot not do it.
2. You let other writers or writings intimidate you
The easiest way to prevent yourself from writing is by looking at how much has been written already and say, my writing is not needed, or what I have to say has already been said. Even if what you have to say has already been said by someone else, it was not you. Two people can say the same thing, have one core message. Because of their unique life experiences, they will say it from different perspectives and therefore will be understood and received differently, sometimes by the same audience.
If you feel intimidated by other writers, make them your virtual allies by learning from them. Look for the things they do really well and see how you can develop their strengths in you.
3. You don’t have a plan
A plan can be as useless as a working clock during a ravaging storm, or as useful as a map during a road trip. If you don’t have an objective, a reason or a goal for writing, you will not be excited about the process. Some people’s end goal is to improve their written communication, others is to share their stories, and then others to publish books. Regardless of how simple or grand your end goal is, you need a plan to work with. Develop a plan to reach your end goal and you will have a map to guide you through the process. If you set-off for a multiple days cross country road trip, you will be more excited about waking up every morning when you have a good idea of what the day holds in store for you.
What other suggestion to help “non-writers” write do you have?