Getting Through Writer’s Block

Are you new to writing your book or blog and not really sure where to begin?

Or perhaps you’re an old pro who took a break from the pen and is ready to take up the craft again.

If you’re a writer of any sort, you’ve likely met the literary world’s mortal enemy, writer’s block.

*cue ominous thunder and maniacal laughter*

Well, in all honesty, writer’s block isn’t the soul-crushing, world-ending hurdle most creators purport it to be. There’s quite the easy fix to writer’s block that you can do any time, anywhere.

Just write.

I contend that, barring physical handicap, there’s nothing that keeps a writer from writing . . . except the writer. The true crux of writer’s block isn’t an inability to write, it’s the fear that what you write won’t be good. But then you won’t improve as an author if you don’t write every day. And writing that often means that you’ll undoubtedly create some bad . . . very bad . . . incredibly bad . . . pieces.

And that’s perfectly okay.

Anyone who is a great writer will tell you that first and foremost, you must write for your own pleasure. Whether that pleasure comes from what you create or from simply the act of making it, concentrate on that feeling as the passion that fuels your efforts. Get past the illusion that all writing must meet some arbitrary standard of excellence as soon as pen meets paper or finger taps keys. Stop thinking about your writing and start feeling your writing.

In other words, just let go and let your words flow.

Sure, you may create a horrid first draft that you’ll want to bury in the center of the Earth for no one to ever find. OR! Maybe you’ll find that you’re on your way to creating a manuscript that you’ll want to shout from the heavens for all to hear.

But you won’t know. Unless you write.

So get to it, my fellow creatives. Just write, and don’t obsess over the good, the bad, or the ugly.

After all, that’s what your editor is for. 😉

Happy writing!