People often ask me for advice on how to cure writer’s block. They note that I write extremely regularly and want to know my secret. Whilst there is no secret, I can tell you how I have avoided writer’s block for the past 25 years, with 100% success.
Here’s how it works.
A typical writer’s block story
I heard a writer on the radio once, who claimed to have a serious case of writer’s block. She went on to say that the thought of a blank screen filled her with so much fear that it made her sick to her stomach.
The chap interviewing her immediately responded with; “So, why don’t you just start writing something, so there are some words on the screen? You can always edit it later.”
There was a silence for a few uncomfortable seconds, before she replied; “I never thought of that. I’ll give it a go.”
I have no idea whether the writer tried the common sense suggestion from the interviewer or not. However, if she did, she would find that it cured her writer’s block.
The best cure for writer’s block
The way to cure writer’s block… is to write.
Writer’s block is more about fear, than the inability to think or write. How can we be so sure that this is the case? Simple: Writing is just like speaking and we can all speak whenever we choose.
If we can speak, we can write. If you can say it, write it down — goodbye writer’s block!