Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 17: Kicking the shit out of writer's block

Writer's blockthe condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing (thank you Oxford Dictionary!)

As any writer will tell you there is no worse feeling than feeling like you can't write. You aren't inspired and your mind is as blank as the page in front of you. It is a damn frustrating experience, especially when under deadline. And I'm pretty sure this exact experience is what drives many writers to drink.

So I'm having a bit of writer's block. And since I'm taking a break from drinking these days, I guess I have to solve this writer's block problem once and for all.

Before when I would get writer's block I would occupy my time doing something else in the hope it would inspire me to start writing. Well usually this strategy did not result in anything being written but it would result in me having a really clean bathroom! 

Through this blog challenge I think I have finally learned what works to get rid of writer's block. It's true, I have discovered the secret. Actually, I have not discovered the secret as I'm not sure it really was a secret to begin with but perhaps just common sense. And no doubt you have heard some variation of the solution before but maybe found it didn't work for you. But perhaps you are like me and were just doing it wrong. Now before I get carried away here let's go back to the beginning.

This is how you beat writer's block:

Just sit down every day and make time for writing and it will come. Basically forming a writing habit begins with establishing the habit of setting aside time to write.

See you have heard this before! And now you are probably cursing my name because this really doesn't work for you!

Well that is because you are doing it wrong!! Didn't I say that already? So stop your cursing and read on.

The next step is figuring out how you form a habit. If you don't know how you do that then you are basically fucked. But you are a writer so you should be able to figure out how you form a habit.

Some people just need to go through the motions enough times and it becomes a habit. Yes those people are like dogs and if you are a writer I doubt that will work for you. Why? Because writer's brains are not like the brains of fucking dogs. Moving on.

You actually need to think about why you are going through the motions. What motivates you to write? For some the pure enjoyment of writing will work, for others that is how they make a living, so paying the bills works as a motivator but for some that isn't always enough.

So dig a little deeper. Come on you are a writer! You can do it! Think about why you do any of the routine things you do. Just stop and think about why you do anything. You will come up with the answer.

For me, it's the competition. That is what motivates me. That is what will make writing become a habit. It already has with this challenge. I sit down every day and make time to write because the thought of letting Chris win a challenge that I proposed is simply unthinkable. And there I found it, the solution to my writer's block. Yours will be different. But you will find your answer eventually, when it is likely ready to be found. And I assure you that you will not be drunk when this solution presents itself.

Now if you are whining while you read this and saying "Well Andrea, you obviously are not as busy as I am, I can't possibly find the time to write."

And I will reply, then you are simply not a writer. You are just someone who wants to write. A writer writes. Just like a runner runs. There are no excuses. You just make the time.

Look I love running and I am a runner. And guess what, some days I am fucking busy, so busy that the only time I can run is early. And believe me when I say I am not a morning person. But I get up at 5 am on those days and I run. Because I am a runner.

It is the same with the writer. Writers don't ask themselves if they will write today they ask themselves when can they write today.

So there you have it the solution to writer's block. So stop reading my awesome blog and go write some of your own awesomeness :)


  1. I normally promise myself to write a few sentences and be done. Then things run away from me a little. I think if I was ultra serious, writing every day is a good habit, and don't concern yourself about the what. It's the action and the exercise. There's several sites online you can find to give you random subjects or topics.

  2. So speaking of writing every day...what is our next challenge ?:D