Are you ready for the new year? Have you solidified your goals? Done up your dream boards for everything 2019 will bring? Do you know what writing and revision projects you’re going to be working on? Yes? Hooray!
Or, are you feeling a little stuck?
Yeah, that is a thing too. And it can be worse when everyone else around you is feeling empowered and ready to go for the new year. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. (And if you’re among the empowered right now, yay! But keep reading, because this post might come in handy in the future.)
I’ve had a bit of a rough start to this revision. I hate to say it, but I am just now getting myself out of the dreaded W-word: writer’s block. (Shudder.)
I mean that, but I also mean what I’m going to say next: I DON’T ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK.
How can that be?
That brings me to the topic of this post and the upcoming series I’ll be sharing over the coming months. So, welcome to Post 1 of my It’s a Writer Thing: Writer’s Block Series!
How can I write not only one blog post but an entire series on something that I’ve just struggled with but don’t actually believe in? I’ll explain that today.
My thinking on writers’ block is that it’s not it’s own entity, an actual real thing. I think it’s a SYMPTOM that we can experience from one of MANY things that can plague, not only writers, but anyone who is working toward a goal or just going about their day-to-day work. That’s what my series will focus on. I’m going
To get a bit more specific, I believe Writer’s Block, which I’ll define as inability to make progress on a WIP (and which I believe is the exact same thing that can happen to anyone who’s struggling to make progress in ANY area of work or life), comes from one or more of any number of basic challenges in MOTIVATION, CONFIDENCE, and/or CLARITY. These things all overlap a quite a bit, and when you’re struggling with one, chances are you’re struggling with more than one.
Today, I want to start with the basics.
CAUSE 1: Lack of Clarity on YOUR Why of Writing
This one is super simple, but it’s so easy to forget, especially when things get mucky (and I’m talking about the big 3 muck-generators here: Rejection, Comparison, and Impatience). Simple as it may be, connecting to the WHY of writing can be immensely helpful when we’re feeling stuck.
How, exactly, will this aid you in overcoming writer’s block?
When we’re feeling stuck, the emotions that go along with that are miserable, right? Anxiety, sadness, irritation. We’re mentally cloudy. We’re restless. It’s a terrible way to feel, and none of that is going to help us with our WIP. Those things are literally inspiration and creativity kryptonite.
Your Action Steps
Stay tuned for my next post in this series when I’ll dig in a little deeper on emotions and how they can be our friend or foe on the writing journey.