Personally, I like the term creative bankruptcy more, but no matter how we’d name it, not being able to do something you love, that normally works like a dream, is incredibly frustrating.
This is your passion we’re talking about, not some boring, mindless chore that must be done.
And then, if you’re a professional blogger or author, you’ve got deadlines, you’ve got to earn a living.
And if words have abandoned you, who are you going to be? You’re a writer, right? Writers write, right?
So who are you if you can’t write?
Deep inside, you know that’s nonsense.
Once a writer, always a writer. There’s no going back. Like being pulled from the Matrix.
But try telling yourself that late at night when all you managed to write for the day would fit comfortably inside a Tweet.
Now, there are many different types of creative block, and plenty of ways to tackle them and get back to writing. (I’ve written an entire ebook full of suggestions — you can download it here.)
But your time is limited, so we need to address this issue in a little less than a thousand words, so here are three critically important things for you to remember about being creatively blocked.
1. Once a writer, always a writer…
This is the most important part that you need to remember about being a writer.
To be blocked, you have to have written in the past. You have to be a writer.
So, you are still a writer.
And you will write again.
Just give it some time.
2. There’s a BIG difference between being hopeless and feeling hopeless
You are not your feelings.
This might not seem like much of an advice, but the truth is that objectively, you cannot write at the moment.
It’s a temporary block, since you cannot truly point to any creative individual who spent the rest of their lives being blocked.
But your mind, the way you interpret this temporary event and panic because of it, your mind is telling you that you’ll never write again, that you’re done, that others have it so much easier…
Remember the times before your block. When you were confident in your ability to sit down at your desk and write.
Well, your ability to write is still there. Maybe latent, but it’s there all right, deep in your nervous system. You don’t need to start again from scratch — just go back to what you were doing before.
3. Do other stuff
Do something else for a while. Like go fishing, travel for a while…
Interact with fellow human beings.
But most of all, absorb.
I once read this study that for every hour spent writing, you must read and accumulate information for like 12-14 hours.
So, read. Watch movies, TV shows.
Writing is simply a process of connecting dots, rather than being this god-like creature that can make something out of nothing, so you must have dots to connect.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Which of these three things is most important for you to remember?
What would you add to the list?
Any other tips for beating writer’s block?