I get questions about writer's block all the time.
I have a bit of a different theory about writer's block. My main belief is that writer's block does not have to happen.
2 main sources of writer's block
I have found that there are two very powerful yet seldom talked about causes of writers block:
1. Writers get writer's block because they expect to get writer's block. Somehow it has gotten into the "common knowledge" that writers get writer's block. And if you expect to get something, you are much more likely to get it.
2. Writer's get writer's block because they see it as some kind of badge of honor. It sounds quite silly, and it is quite real. Some people believe that once they have come down with writer's block then they have arrived as a writer.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Who else would like to never get writer's block?
I've never had writer's block and expect I never will. As I tell my students, members and mentees, there is a simple technique I have used over the years that has allowed me to blow away the notion of writer's block.
I simply work on more than one article at a time. If the words are not flowing with one article, I just move to another one. What I have learned is that the words are going to flow for one of those babies, and thus, no writer's block.
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