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Light Mark: Writer’s Block – Myth or Not?


Alright! What’s this scary writer’s block thing?

Writer’s block is an imaginary situation when a writer claims he/she isn’t getting the ‘hunch’ or inspiration for writing.

By imaginary situation, I mean, it’s all in his head (or yours). It’s your mind playing some funny tricks on you.

Apologies to all the writers all over the world who have popularized this thought pattern and amazing writing-coaches who have made a living out of teaching unsuspecting wordsmiths the way out of the dreary condition, of being locked out of the world of ideas.

In the real world, this is how you troubleshoot a writer who caught the ‘writer-block flu’. You meet a promising writer and you are like “Pal, it’s been a while since I read any of your compelling articles. What happened? Changed platform? What’s up?”

And he says something along the lines of “If I must be honest with you, I’ve been on the block for 6 months now.”

Opps!

That’s the situation and it’s quite an ugly one!

Truth is, writer’s block doesn’t exist!

Alright! Alright! Let me be more reasonable. If you are saying you have a project on a stream-lined subject and you don’t have sufficient ideas on the particular field. Then that’s okay. It’s possible!

All you need is get educated in that specific field and boom! You are back on your feet.

But if you are out of ideas, like totally out of ideas, for writing anything at all. More like you and your journal haven’t been communicating for months. That’s not true! Don’t blame it on writer’s block.

It’s your mind messing with you.

At this point, I know there is this writer somewhere, reading this, rolling her eyes and asking herself,

“Who’s this punk? Who gave you the right to say I don’t have a block when I do?

Why do you even think so?”

Of course, I’ll only answer the last question.

I think so because I know that an average human person gets the opportunity to consider 7,000+ thoughts every passing day. I actually mean random thoughts.

[Who kept this plate here? And the dirty spoon?

Is that fine girl walking towards me? Oh! No! She’s hugging the short guy with the I-love-you T-shirt.

Maybe I think I need those shirts with her name customized on it.] All this random thoughts pops into our skulls during the day.

And ladies and gentlemen, if you are called a writer, it’s your job to develop this random musings into creative pieces of art. Those musings are potential movie script, blog post, books, etc.

Then for the professional writer working on a creative project in some particular field he isn’t very familiar with and seems not to be getting ideas at all.

I believe the issue is the nervousness and single-mindedness that is attached to doing that job and that’s nothing strange. My advice is drop the job for a while and try something fun.

Have fun, do whatever sounds like fun to you. Then get your note-pad and write something casual, unofficial and get back into your creative flow. When you are beginning to get a kick out of it, go back to your professional project and I bet it would be much easier.

If this was helpful, get back to me and drop comment. Thanks for reading.

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Written by Prince Simeon

Goldenchyld is the Head Publicist and Blogger at Hypestation Nigeria. He has interest that cuts across lifestle, tech, music and other things that affect everyday living. Follow him on Twitter @goldenchylduno and @goldenchyld_ on Instagram

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