Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Writer’s Block: Real or imaginary?

Writer’s Block is real. The good news is that there are ways to use it to your advantage.

Questions about Writer’s Block often arise with private writing students. They describe lofty goals in the beginning and are later daunted by a dip in creativity and enthusiasm. Even widely published authors experience periods when they feel convinced that they will never have another original piece to share with the world. I recommend the same thing to all writers: accept the natural ebb and flow of your creativity and use your time wisely.

Working on your writing everyday doesn’t necessarily mean actually writing every day. There are other activities involved in writing. When I feel completely empty of new ideas, I turn my attention to the following:

1. Editing & Revising

2. Reading Published Books & Literary Journals

3. Submitting Polished Work

4. Reviewing Discarded Lines/Pieces and Starting with Writing Prompts

When you aren’t feeling up to crafting something new, direct your energies towards the other four duties listed above. Following this will keep you productive, up to date and help you move towards your goals of publishing.

In the next few posts, I will offer more specific advice on how to better tackle these four tasks.

What do you do when you feel less inspired?

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