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We’ve all heard the term before. Writer’s block is a common, and often overly used, reason people give up on writing. Now, before you get upset and accuse me of blasphemy, let me explain. Writer’s block is a real thing and a real concern for writers. I’ve been there many times myself. It’s also very frustrating to be stuck in any creative process, such as writing.
However, it’s important to understand the difference between writer’s block and procrastination. So, let’s take a closer look, shall we? Writer’s block is defined as “the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing”. More generally it means that you just can’t come up with something to write about in that moment.
The shift from writer’s block to procrastination happens when you use that block to stop completely or push back your writing for months, or even years. And that’s just nonsense! Nor should it be the result of writer’s block. When you go to this place, what you’ve fallen into is procrastination. And that’s mindset that is extremely hard to get out of.
Now, before I go on, I will be 100\% honest in admitting that I’ve used writer’s block as an excuse before and I’ve also stopped writing for more than a year because it felt too overwhelming to start back up once I stopped. I let too much time pass with the excuse of writer’s block. What I’ve learned from my times of extended lapses in writing is that I did something then that I’m now dedicated to not doing anymore.
I gave up.
Writer’s block leads to procrastination, which leads to overwhelm, which leads to stopping completely.
So how do you know if you’re dealing with writer’s block and not procrastination? It’s simple. Writer’s block shouldn’t last more than a few hours, truly. Beyond that, you’re just making excuses as to why you can’t write. And it’s not because you can’t, but because you don’t want to. Instead, when you get a block, it’s time to walk away for a while. Think about something else, do something else, and don’t think about what you’re writing, at all.
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