Years ago, whenever I sat down to fill a blank page with words, I experienced a silent, internal fight.
This fight caused me to second-guess myself and question every word I typed.
Many other writers have names for this. Some say Writer’s Block.
Author Stephen Pressfield refers to it as Resistance with a capital ‘R.’
I haven’t given it a name or hailed it.
But as I’ve matured and grown, I’ve noticed that this ‘block’ or ‘resistance’ is not something external.
The feelings we have regarding hesitance with creative output, our lack of creativity, or having ‘nothing new to offer’, have very little to do with writing.
Our hesitancy plays out for many other reasons — mostly internal.
It’s all a matter of what we’re telling ourselves and why.
Have you ever said any of the following to yourself?
“I have nothing to write.”
“Everyone has already written what I want to write.”
“I’m not inspire to write, at all.”
Telling yourself that you we have nothing to contribute or that you’re never inspired is a path toward not only creative stagnancy but atrophy.
Atrophy is when you’ve completely lost recognition of your ability to create.
You’ve lost hope and even sometimes begin to question your creative identity.
To avoid this, I’ve found these tips helpful in fighting through a creative block.
- Create a daily, no matter the practice (create without restrictions)
- Read widely (you’d be surprised at the abundance of ideas you’ll find in books)
- Find creative accountability (it’s great to know someone who has a common creative goals)
These and other practices will help you to establish the habit of showing up and sharing whatever it is that’s inside of you.
You will find that whatever you were once holding onto was merely just your fear or ego disguised as ‘Writer’s Block.’
Remember, ‘Writer’s Block’ helps no one. You cannot effectively create the life you want if you’re not willing to take a few bruises to get there.
One must go through the growing pains of creativity in order to experience the gold that exists on the other side.
I don’t say this as an expert, by any means either. I still have my struggles. I’m not speaking from a mountaintop.
Every artist could benefit from practice, mentorship, and accountability — no matter what level.
Keep creating boldly, without hesitance.