Writers Block is related to Fear. Fear is everywhere in Life and will accompany us in every endeavour as long as we court it. Writing a novel is really a daily business and requires a lot of focus – on the novel, the story and the parts of story that make the whole. Writers’ Block is a word that is so easy to say and use as an excuse for not writing. I’ve heard so many would be writers say that they suffer from writers block, when I ask them about their writing they tell me that they have hardly started – maybe they began an outline or they have a character worked out on paper. What?
Even when we are well on the way with writing a novel and have chapters and scenes ready for printing out and reading, we will encounter the constant problem of “blocking” ourselves as writers by finding many good excuses why we shouldn’t sit down and start to write this morning or evening.
The thinking of Zen tells us one thing; “just do it!”.
I like that thought because it really is all there is to it. Just sit down and open up the computer and begin to write. If you have something else that is really important to do, like feed the kids or get out of a burning house, then you will know, while you are writing that you should follow that action.
We love to complicate matters in our lives. Simplicity is suspicious because it doesn’t feel or look solid enough – there’s no big plan behind being simple about action. But, it is the answer.
I experience the problem of beginning writing anew everyday. I wake up and drink coffee and eat breakfast and continue to do all of those undemanding things that don’t require commitment from me. The addiction to coffee is easy to follow and wiping down the kitchen surfaces after breakfast is really important because, it just is. Writing, beginning to write again, is confirming my commitment to a project that takes hours of my daily life. So once I sit down and begin to write I block any possibility of doing anything else that could be relaxing or fun. And that doesn’t seem right. So I avoid it.
Trouble is, most of us forget how much we love to write. So I remind myself first thing every morning how much I love writing and reading good books. I’ll read something that I wrote yesterday. The last chapter normally does the trick. Then something happens, I begin to focus on my work. I become critical of the writing and I want to start editing what I’m reading. Or, I might actually be really pleased with last nights work and pat myself on the back.
What is happening is that I have taken my mind away from those everyday things that seemed so important ten minutes earlier. Now, my mind is engaged with the writing which in turn affects the emotions and causes a neurological path, called “Writer’s Path” to become unblocked and demand satisfaction of expression. Then, I have to feed it by closing the door, sitting down and beginning to write where I left off yesterday. I seldom have to write unrelated phrases to get going at this point because my mind is so embroiled in the words that I need to work on. My mind sees the scene and begins to extend it into ideas that I haven’t yet written. This raises the enthusiasm to get it down on paper. Then, I’m writing and I’ve forgotten myself and and my needs for the little things that hanker body and mind and cause us chaos when we have something important to do like writing a book.
You are no different than me and therefore experience similar emotions and start up problems in the mornings or whenever you want to begin to write.
Take the mind away from the trivial and give it something juicy to work on like your own writing.
Many little thoughts can quickly become bigger and make themselves important. It’s the nature of the mind to attempt to dominate with one thought. This is an idea that is connected to the psychology of Fascination and Obsession but can be used to positive advantage when you want to get going and sit down and Just Do It.
If the above doesn’t work for you then try some of these that I’ve listed below.