Is Writer’s Block for Real?
If you were to sit two writers down and ask them about writer’s block, chances are good that one will shudder and the other will shrug. For the person who shudders, the idea of writer’s block is when that creative inspiration is gone or lost. The writer sits at a desk, trying to come up with something, ANYTHING to put on the screen.
It’s a frustrating experience, and one that only seems to resolve itself with time. But another writer might say that writer’s block isn’t real. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of ideas in the world, and something is always available. Secretly, this writer may also believe writer’s block to be a convenient excuse for not writing.
Knowing these two sides to the argument, is writer’s block real? While the answer is unclear, there are certainly times when writing momentum can wane, perhaps due to exhaustion or illness or possibly procrastination.
Is it a better idea to simply continue to write, knowing that another idea is always around the corner? That way, the writer can get his or her momentum back.
Some believe that writer’s block might just be worry about getting writing ‘right,’ so the writer feels frozen by fear in the process. A good idea for this situation is to simply write anything, even if it’s not good. Is that the right answer?
Only the writer can decide.
What are your thoughts on writer’s block, and what have you done to get out of it? Please leave a comment.