A Very Helpful Writer's Block Pep-Talk7:00 AM
We've all been here.
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Here's something to remember when you're trying to find a way out of writer's block:
Writer's block is not actually a thing.
Woah, what's that? You wanted something and helpful? Well, I'm trying to be.
Are there rough patches in writing? Yes. Are there times where continuing the story feels like walking through snake-infested syrupy sludge while dragging a ton of bricks and simultaneously having to sing Latin chants you only half-remember? Heck, yes.
Sorry to break it to you, but that's just writing.
There is no disease that is writer's block, infesting the mind and making it impossible to write. There are those rough spots, but hey, if you need or expect writing to be easy you're in the wrong line of work. Writing absolutely sucks 70% of the time - and you shouldn't discourage yourself with excuses to make yourself feel better about those sucky periods.
This is actually what it feels like most of the time.
Deal with it.
"I've got writer's block" may be a nice excuse to give you time to close the document and spend five hours eating ice cream and surfing Pinterest, but it won't carry you very far. One way or another you've got to push through! Take writing as the hard, sometimes near-impossible thing it is and go push through it. Even if you write just 50 words. Write SOMETHING. Keep writing. Every day. Ask most published authors and they'll tell you exactly the same thing, I can guarantee it.
Speaking of which, what are you sitting here for? Close this blog post and go write 100 words right now. I can promise you it's a better use of your time. Don't worry, I'll wait.
The sucky feeling won't last forever - but why sit around and wait for a blast of inspiration to make things easy again? Writing isn't easy. It never will be easy. You can't wait for inspiration to come to you; that's nice but that's not how it works. You have to slog through thousands of words of suckiness to get to the good parts, guys.
Throw away the idea of writer's block.
Just keep writing, one word at a time.
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