As some of you already know, I have been writing and planning my ebook for awhile. It is an overwhelming journey and I am still embarking on it. But recently, I hit a roadblock. Yes, it is what every writer will face at least once in their lifetime, it is writer's block.
What exactly is writer's block? Well, according to Wikipedia, Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. This loss of ability to write and produce new work is not a result of commitment problems or the lack of writing skills. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years. Writer's block is not solely measured by time passing without writing. It is measured by time passing without productivity in the task at hand. To me, it is a nightmare...
Okay, that is catastrophic and I don't wish this nightmare to hinder my ebook progression. A serious diagnostic is required and i need it fast.
Let's try to find what are the underlaying problems that are causing writer's block and how we can overcome it.
Common Causes & Remedies:
1) Medical Conditions - How is your health recently? Are you already taking medicine for ongoing conditions? Talk with your doctor of the drugs you are taking and the potential side effects. Your doctor probably has the answers you need. After getting your health back on track, your cognitive function and writing should improve.
2) Distractions and Distractions - I have a full-time job and only write at night. But often, the workload of the day will be drag till the night. Furthermore, our life doesn't just consist of reading and writing, there are family, friends, pet, household issues to settle.
There are a couple of methods to get back into the right mind of writing. Firstly, ask others for the help you need at home or at work, but be fair to others and do prioritise what is important and urgent. The second method is to prepare a routine timetable for your writing, like what i am doing now, two hours every night before sleep.
3) Burn out of Creativity & Energy - Our mind and body aren’t made to go full pace all the time. Whether you’re preparing for a competition or writing a book, it’s possible to simply burn out from all the toils and labours you’ve accumulated. Your body and mind naturally need to rest and recuperate.
Try to relax, recharge your batteries and do things that you enjoy like jogging, doing some sports, enjoy a cuppa with friends and most importantly, pay your sleep debt.
For me, I love to take a bath (it's my favourite pastime) when i ran out of ideas. Many say that the best business ideas, video contents or plot often came out of the bathroom and i certainly concur to that.
4) Being a Perfectionist - Not everything need to be perfect at first, don't put too much unrealistic expectation or pressure unto oneself. Writing is suppose to be fun and relaxing, remind yourself why you started writing in the first place. Just move your pen and start writing, you don't have to start from the beginning of a story. Start somewhere you are comfortable with or simply draft something down, you can always add on or do some revision in the later part. Trust me, the ideas will flow once the pen start moving or keyboard start typing.
Now that we’ve go through some of the most common causes and remedies of writer’s block, we probably have a better understanding of what has been holding us back from coming out with our next masterpiece. Whatever the causes, always gain supports from family or friends and lend positivity from your peers. Be confident that you can overcome it.
Till next time.
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