Don't let writer's block bring you down

May 18, 2020

As writers, we deal with this all the time. Imagine sitting down at your computer, staring at the blank screen, and trying to write something. Nothing happens. Inspiration doesn’t strike. You have a deadline, yet you just can’t get the words onto the page.

There are several reasons you might be experiencing writer’s block.

You might be suffering from a case of perfectionism.

If you’ve just recently published a book or an article, you have experienced a huge rush of success and could be extremely nervous that whatever you write next will just not measure up. That’s what editing is for.

Remember that anything is better than nothing.

Always edit your work before submitting it. You can’t edit a draft you haven’t written, and mediocre first drafts are always OK.

You might be suffering from a case of imposter syndrome.

Writers are notorious for this condition, even if they are extremely famous and extremely wealthy. I guess we’re predisposed to it. Who knows?

It helps to remind yourself of what you have achieved.

Some people even have a special coffee cup with the word “writer” on it. Apparently this helps, because these people have sold a lot of books.

You might simply be worn out.

Perhaps you need to do something physical. Take a jog or a walk. Draw, paint, or listen to music. Sometimes, all you need is a little break from writing to get the juices flowing again.

You might just be stumped.

It happens to us all. Sometimes, you just have no idea what to write about and feel completely uninspired.

When worse comes to worst, write about writer’s block. It helps, and you’ll be amazed by what you come up with!

Happy writing!

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Daniella Cressman

I'm a freelance writer. My work has appeared in BirdWatching Magazine, Best Poets of 2019, Upon Arrival, and Teen Ink Magazine. I also do quite a bit of ghostwriting.