Blocking writers is one of the most unpleasant phenomena through which can come most people who have written creatively with some frequency. Moreover, it is a frustrating experience, as it creates the illusion that one is unable to move forward at all with the writing of the text, which further complicates things, creating a vicious circle.
Clearly, writer’s block cannot be resolved in seconds, but there are some strategies that can be used to maximize the chances of inspiration returning.
Why does the write lock appear?
Writer blockage is, as the name suggests, the phenomenon that occurs when someone has to write an original text (regardless of its length) he finds himself unable to write even a few paragraphs that respect a minimum of internal consistency or interest.
It is, in short, the lack of concrete ideas from which to start writing something. A person may be more or less clear on what they want to talk about, but the words just don’t flow. This can happen even in the most creative people, because inspiration is something deeply contextual, it does not come from each other individually. The environment, what is done and what we think about what is done, are elements that influence a lot.
Usually the writer’s block this is something that relies heavily on suggestion and in the phenomenon known as self-fulfilling prophecy: Thinking about what is going on and categorizing it as a blockage makes the problem a little more complicated, as it affects the feeling of self-efficacy and brings up a certain degree of self-efficacy. anxiety that may end up demanding the attention that needs to be directed towards creation.
So it should be clear that writer’s block can be caused by many things, but one should never be unable to write something creative or original: it is something that can be done by practically anyone with unaffected cognitive abilities. The problem is not the lack of things to say, but other things that have to do with two parallel processes: the lack of referrals and the distractions.
Tips to find inspiration
This is something that qualitatively differs from the rest of the writing difficulties. If you are tired, write more slowly; if you don’t have time, you think about what you are going to write or take notes here and there, but if writer’s block appears, hardly anything is advanced by trying to be creative.
So where this type of blockage occurs, it is impossible to have a good starting point from which to start a text. Efforts to solve this problem should be focused on providing that fundamental support which, when overcome, gives way to a phase in which writing is much easier. Let’s look at several guidelines to follow.
1. Decide on your strategy: gardener or architect
According to the famous writer George RR Martin, there is two types of writers: architects and gardeners. The former first plan the fundamental structure of what they want to explain and then translate it into words, and the latter start from a narrative element and, from there, develop a text, very spontaneously, from the one that they want to explain. suggest what they write. .
It is very useful to know clearly which of these two strategies is based. Pick one and be loyal, otherwise the simple question of which one to follow will waste more time and frustrate you more.
2. Look for lack of motivation
It is possible that part of the writer’s block you encounter is due to the fact that what you think you are going to write does not motivate you, so the desire to take on this creative challenge does not arise spontaneously, because it requires a certain amount of effort. If applicable find the small items that interest you and you think they can fit well and enrich the text, and include them, or make them part of that “starter” for the first few lines.
3. Postpone your perfectionism and write (almost) anything
You can’t be a perfectionist with something that doesn’t exist because it hasn’t been created yet. However, the effects of an excess of perfectionism if they are noticed before starting to write: precisely, this makes the beginning more difficult. That’s why it’s good drastically reduce the minimum quality required for the first lines.
What comes out will probably be very imperfect, but at least it will already provide a basis for building the rest of the text. Even if nothing that is created in the first writing session survives the end of the creation process, it will have been of great value.
4. Log out completely
Another option is to stop obsessing over writing and do something else, especially if it’s something relaxing and in an environment where it’s easy to disconnect. This will reduce the writer’s anxiety about the blockage, and it will be easier to cope with this task in the future.