Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Have you ever struggled with a scene not being able to wrap your head around what to do next? Or been unable to coherently piece together more than a handful of words? Of course you have! You’re a writer! I am not going to assume I’m the only one that goes through this.
Some people refer to it as writer’s block. Now you can find a hundred different articles and blogs telling you how to snap out of your writing slump. All of them provide excellent ways to get your fingers humming across your keyboard once again. But like a doctor looks at your wound or blood chart trying to find the reason or the “root cause” of your problem, I am suggesting that you analyze “why” this is happening to you at that very moment.
Yes, there are many reasons which can be divided into several areas.
1) Physical—we’re burned out, or we’re not feeling well.
2) Time—family pressures or our dreaded day job eats away at our writing time.
3) Mental—we haven’t taken time for ourselves, be it spiritually or going for a long walk to clear our heads.
I challenge you to another reason, one I found that causes me more writers block than anything else—my story. When I find I can’t move forward, I’ve learned I need to look back. It’s like I’m trying to jam that square peg into a round hole or force a puzzle piece into a spot that looks perfect, but isn’t.
So in a sense, it is not “writer’s block”, but “writer’s stop”. My brain has stopped moving forward because the parts of the story I’ve already written don’t logically fit together and I can’t resolve it by writing more words.
The root cause of my problem is I haven’t taken the time to fully flush out my story. This had caused me to write myself into a corner with no way out.
Next time, you find yourself eager to blame writer’s block for your inability to push through; try to analyze the reason why.
Now it’s your turn: What causes you to stop writing?