- August 22, 2022
- Posted by: IGBAJI U.C.
- Category: Academic Writing Guide
Overcoming Writers block- causes and 5 useful tips to overcome writer’s block
Writer’s block is a condition where there is a primary inability to produce new work or a situation where a writer experiences a production decline.
This is not a result of the absence of commitment or beggared writing skills, however, This condition spans from the difficulty in formulating authentic ideas to a deficiency in producing organic work for a lengthy period.
Writer’s block isn’t quantified by the inability to write for years but rather a timed lap characterized by unproductivity for the task at hand.
Causes of Writer’s block
Writer’s block may have a series of causes some of which are creative problems that develop within an author’s work itself. Some might eventually meet the end of their inspiration others may suffer distractions caused by conflicting events.
Some examples are seen in the novel “Keep the Aspidistra flying“, authored by George Orwell. A scenario cherry-picked from the book captures the protagonist Gordon Comstock’s suffering to complete an epic poem describing a day in London.
“It was too big for him that was the truth. It had never really progressed; it had simply fallen apart into series of fragments”.
Strangely, other blocks may originate from detrimental circumstances in a writer’s life or career; depression, physical disorders, breakups, financial strain, and a sense of failure. Sometimes the urgency of work itself contributes to writer’s block especially when they are impelled to write under conditions that naturally best their modus operandi ( mode of operation). E.g., a foreign style or genre, issuance of a deadline, writing in foreign languages, etc.
Gilbert in her prospects denotes that such pressure might emanate from the idea that defines an innovative writer as having “genius” instead of “being” a genius.
How to beat writer’s block
Understanding that writer’s block affects all classes of individuals from bloggers to scriptwriters of all kinds of works, to copywriters to visionary storytellers, to poets e.t.c. believing in the inevitability of a writer’s block and harboring the knowledge that as a human you are prone to experience less creative moments helps in transcending the empirical boundary of unproductivity decline.
Most writers fuss about it, some are thrown into panic believing that they have lost their God-given talent and acquired skills fully forgetting that the heat of a flame depends on how the fire burns and the fire burns depending on how much coal it’s fed.
Some of the factors that cremate a writer’s Prowess happen to be stress and anxiety.
After witnessing, in flesh and bone, a writer’s survey on how they beat writer’s block I am prompted to share.
1. Take a hike.
“Well, it seized to be a challenge. at first, I was boxed in, most times I ended up turning my writing notes to a drawing book after pondering for hours on a single question ‘what do I write?’ I decided to take a walk, and it did initiate changes, it took a few days though but it worked, as I strode down I discovered myself making scenarios that once I couldn’t graft before.
” It’s an incentive to do so, it loosened my brain and exposed me to a new environment”.
2. Write anything.
Start with the not-so-peculiar gibberish, the few lines of event that pops into your head should have a part in the rough sketch of your story or work, but make an appointment to get back to editing it.
“John drank water before going to bed”
Why did he do so?…
He was parched,
He ate spicy food
The next morning, he was found dead”…
Maya Angelou said;
“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat’. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write and it is as if the museum is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘okay, okay. I’ll come.”
On some occasions try writing intoxicated if you have to, Bob Marley was in full support of the distribution of Weed because he felt they tap into the mind and bring out the inner creativity of man.
3. You aren’t really blocked, just short of Ideas;
Most time while writing a story, you reach a point where the flow of ideas encounters an abrupt termination; this of course happens to the less exposed writers but can be easily averted miles away before impact.
To prevent such, engage in accumulating as much knowledge as possible, whether of a place, event, the structure of things, recent development in your area, or distinctions of various shades of green.
Engage in gossip, read books, touch on the fascinating history of a person or a place, try to comprehend inappropriate jokes, and sarcasm, listen to stories, and news about places and people, watch movies, etc.
Why do all this?
Most stories are the fictional adaptation of an actual story and life event just guised under chimerical circumstances and names.
Try and complete that book or that story by adopting a portion of your life experience and fine-tune it to fit the tone.
4. Set an achievable goal.
Most fulfilled writers, Poets, aren’t fulfilled because they sat waiting for Inspiration. They scribbled down words paying no attention to the rhyming scheme, they already had the blueprint of the event which would unfold in their write up thus producing themselves a goal to be achieved
Likewise set a doable goal so easy that even your failures would achieve it. Set a goal, followed by a scheme
“John dies at the end of the story”.
What would kill John, “Liquid?”
Why?, How?…”John eats spicy food, John gets parched and he hurries to the kitchen to get water, he drinks the first cup of liquid he sees paying no attention to the content, holding in mind that cups are created to hold water”…
He is ignorant, that becomes his downfall, and his ignorance becomes his character flaw
“The next morning John’s lifeless body is found, apparently he drank a cup of Piss.”
Only do as much as your goal dictates.
5. Sleep, dream big.
Dreams sometimes serve as inspirations for stories
Authors like the late H.P Lovecraft, who happens to be one of the most influential horror writers, were inspired by the nightmares that haunted his dreams as a child.
He was sickly why coming of age and as such spent most of his childhood life bedridden. There he would lay terrified, having nightmares. He believed he was been attacked by “Night Gaunts” devil creatures that terrorized his dreams.
Although his works were discovered after he died out of isolation and impoverishment he had the most convincing horror books, the likes of “at the mountain of madness” and “Cthulhu Mythos” some of the books that inspired the contemporary king of the horror genre, Stephen Kings.
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