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The Cure for Writer’s Block

You may not be a writer. You may create through other mediums. Regardless, most or all creative people feel blocked at times. So how do you break through the block?

At least one cure for writer’s block is to write about writer’s block. If you create in other ways, create art about feeling blocked. I remember Bono saying something in an interview about how the key to overcoming writer’s block for him is to write songs about writer’s block. You start creating from where you are not from where you want to be.

A block in creativity seems to come from having an subconcious edit button for some reason. I linked to a site below that refers to the “Censor”. What are you editing? What are you censoring? Why are you editing or censoring?

You have expectations about what you should be creating, but what you really need to explore is why you are editing or censoring what is already in you. Some of your best creativity may spring from what is actually going on deep in your gut and not what you think you should be creating.

Here are some questions to explore…

  • What does it feel like to have writer’s block?
  • What great writers are known to have struggled with writer’s block?
  • What causes writer’s block?
  • What role does fatigue or depression play in writer’s block?
  • Do you have an overactive edit button? Why are you editing? What are you afraid of? Who are you trying to please?

Writer’s block is an invitation to explore what is going on deeper in you.

I like how this writer refers to the “Censor”- http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_block.htm

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6 thoughts on “The Cure for Writer’s Block

  1. Pingback: Sermon Writers Block | ryan gear

  2. Hey, Ryan!

    I stumbled upon your blog and you nailed it…editing the subconscious mind has a lot to do with writer’s block. I’ve actually found the cure to writer’s block, which I teach in my Writing Workshops in Wonderland – Wonderland being the subconscious mind. The subconscious has a major contribution to our stories. In fact, that’s the birthplace of our stories.

    Writer’s block is when our conscious mind – that critical and analytical part of our brain – gets in the way of our subconscious mind – the creative and free-flowing part of our brain that speaks in images and symbols –

    I have step-by-step instruction on how to unlock the subconscious on my blog and eliminate writer’s block. I hope it helps for anyone who runs into writer’s block.

    Happy writing, everyone!!

    That’s my two pence…
    Arial 😉

  3. This is perhaps the best tip I have heard on overcoming writer’s block. When you sit down to write and nothing comes to mind, often the best thing to do is to write about how you can’t write, just like you said. Every artist, at one point or another, suffers from a block of some sort, and what separates the boys from the men is who is able to find their way around such blocks of creative intellect. It’s interesting how you note that writer’s block has something to do with the subconscious. Indeed, sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I try, the ability to break the block is out of my control. Finally, I couldn’t agree more with you when you say that “Writer’s block is an invitation to explore what is going on deeper in you.” Having writer’s block forces an artist to explore parts of their being that he or she might not have known existed.

  4. Anne Kathryn Smith says:

    Ryan, you advocate the same solution that I do! I called it “cheating the system” in my article, found here: http://anneksmith.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/how-to-kick-start-your-writing/. The idea is to find ways to get your writing, even if you’re not writing about what you intend. You just need to keep your brain invested in your project at some level. You don’t necessarily have to progress. For writer’s block, I usually use Write or Die, it really gives me the kick in the rear that I need.

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