Ever wondered why the words sometimes never come? There is a spark of inspiration and all of a sudden it's gone only to be replaced by the fear that it will never come back, that’s writer’s block.
There are many factors that can cause your creativity to be blocked from flowing on to the page or screen; however these factors usually come from thing FEAR. The fear is mostly the thought of: failure, sounding stupid or boring. It is that little voice inside your head that says “they’re all gonna laugh at you”. After all “they” can be anyone from professors to: classmates, students, readers, an audience, family and so on. The key is to give that voice a ‘time out’ since that voice can be useful during the final editing process.
Like any cure there is a list of ingredients needed. Writer’s block like the common cold can be cured by treating the symptoms. Here is a list of treatments:
Chocolate: this guilty pleasure is good in moderation, by increasing the pleasure chemical dopamine. For many the pleasure and comfort that comes from having some chocolate is just what’s needed to get rid of stress and break down that writing barrier.
Write something, ANYTHING: good or bad something always beats nothing. Making contact with the page, the keyboard or the tablet is a sure fire way to erode the fear blocking the writing process. Many writers would say that inspiration comes when you least expect.
Somewhere else: often times a different location would be the key that unlocks doors of creativity. It may be cliché to sit at a coffee shop and be seen writing; however as a respite from work or home Starbucks may be the right place to write. Observing people and looking at the world around does help, get away from the desk or office and write somewhere else.
Listen to music: listening to music at work when possible seems to make the day go faster and encourage productivity (that’s why many offices play music). A favorite song or artist can for many of us decrease stress and fear thus concentration becomes almost effortless.
In conclusion each of these treatments alone may not cure writer’s block, nonetheless combine them and this insurmountable block is a thing of the past. Lastly please remember that creative writing is a process and practice makes perfect, in short: Just write something.