Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. The scourge of any author since the dawn of time, and one of those pesky annoyances you just can’t figure out how to get rid of. I am no exception… As a matter of fact, I probably get it more often than others do… In this post I’ll try to explain what I think writer’s block really is… and maybe even why it’s caused…

Writer’s block, I believe, is not a temporary incapability to write well… In my general opinion I believe it to be an obstacle which prevents the successful organization of one’s thoughts so that that individual’s ideas can be put down onto the page… In other words, the individual stricken with writer’s block has a hard time sifting through their thoughts and getting them ordered up correctly, which results in chaos in the writer’s mind and leads to that writer getting only a meager number of words written down before giving up for a while. It’s happened to me more often than not… Some sessions of writing I get a plethora of words down, but sometimes I receive just the opposite.

So why does writer’s block come about? Why do our ideas get cluttered in our mind? Is it because we are thinking too much or too little, or is it that our other activities and doings in the world bring so many thoughts into our head that our brain just can’t get them organized very quickly so we can access them without much trouble? I personally think it is the latter… Sometimes our brain just needs a break for awhile, especially after doing innumerous activities for a long period of time… When we intake so many things into our brain, it is simply impossible for our mind to immediately order our thoughts into rank and file… Thus the reason why writer’s block is only temporary… Eventually everything gets set properly into place and our ideas start to flow smoothly onto the page once again.

It’s only an observation, of course. I am, in no way, suggesting that this is the definition for writer’s block…  But, being a constant sufferer of this plague of the mind, I figured I may as well get something posted about it…

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1 Comment

  1. November 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I do love your explanation of what writer’s block is. Thanks for sharing this.


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