We all might know this feeling- staring at a blank screen and waiting for that lightbulb moment. But it just doesn’t seem to come, its the point called a “Writer’s Block”. Though its a common scenario and happens to almost everyone once in a while, that doesn’t mean we should stop, instead try to understand the reason. This would make it easy to adapt to certain changes and overcome creative writer’s block.
I have been struggling hard to feel motivated and write, but there was something or the other keeping me away from the screen. This started post-Diwali (November 2019) last year when my son who started his preschool and needed some extra attention. Later I started enjoying the 2.5 hours of me-time, I got exactly after 3 years. That time around, I had too many thoughts in my mind, but it still left me staring at the blank screen. I was so frustrated on losing my muse that I didn’t feel any doing anything. Then I asked myself- What kind of woman I am? Is this it for me? Am I giving up? The answer was No.
So, I tried talking to a few friends and discovered that this phenomenon is not something new in the creative field and is called Writer’s Block. And it was high time I work to overcome creative writer’s block in me.
Various Types of Writer’s Block
- A Mental Block– When one can’t think straight and get trapped in their own thinking.
- An Emotional Block– One may feel scared of discovering or revealing something about self.
- Work Routine Block– When one is trying to work in a way that isn’t compatible with their creative process. eg: Starting work too early in the morning or too late at night, leaving less time for your creative juices to flow.
- Personal problems Block– During personal problems like moving house, switching jobs, dealing with a situation at home or dispute between partners. All such situations may take your focus away.
- Monetary block- although the lack of cash is a perennial problem, it can be more than just about money. It could be an equipment shortage or no internet connection leaving you with constraints.
- Overwhelming Block– Sometimes a block may come from having too much, not too little. One may have taken too many commitments, but get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of incoming demands and information.
How I overcame my creative writer’s Block
I have always been an Independent strong woman, who had an eye for perfection. Even during perfecting everything, I had always found time to do things that made me happy. But somehow during this early motherhood phase, in order to perfect my happy mom life, I kept myself at the back foot. Every year, the New Year resolutions were made and achieved but most were about my child and not me. So I told myself that this is not the kind of woman I want to be. Everyone needs me and even I need ME and its time I stop adapting to what’s coming my way to start making my own way.
Changed my Monotonous life
Doing the same things day in, day out may often make us thinking the same things. So, I mixed a few things up. Tuggu starting his pre-school changed our daily routine for almost 2.5 years and gave me a fresh start. The new year was also round the corner, so I started a new habit. I put my smartwatch to better use and started clocking #10KStepsaDayChallenge to start a better, healthier and fitter 2020. This definitely helped me find a new inspiration around the next corner. Read this Instagram post, I wrote to keep up with my challenge to self. I also took a social media break and read books. I was surprised to read 5 books (2 are kids books by the way ) in a little over 1 month. Thanks to Christmas and New Year break, my husband took over baby duties. It was indeed a refreshing change and gave me a new perspective on my monotonous life.
The best way to overcome self-doubt is by silencing it with your own action. So, I went ahead and tried new ideas out. It is true when said, that the more challenges you face, the more you’ll have to employ creative thinking to work your way around them, and the more creative you’ll be. I started engaging in #DIY activities with Tuggu. In order to find, something easy, engaging yet fun, I searched and followed a lot of new interesting pages and websites. All this boosted my confidence, motivated me to try some new and write about it our experiences. Follow #TnM_Activities to know what all fun we had been doing all this while.
No Fear for failure
Well, nobody like to fail and probably that’s why we don’t like changes. But I would suggest you go ahead and try something new anyway.
‘Never trying’ would mean never learning and that would lead to never improving. Even if you do fail, you will definitely know more than you did when you started.
Easy Solution which works for all types of Writer’s Block:
- Step away for a while and try something new. Change your mind and question your assumptions, like …“What if…?” to self can also help change the chain of thoughts.
- Take a break from what you were doing and go out somewhere new. If that’s not feasible read a new book/watch or listen to something new.
- Make new friends- Online/offline and Talk to like-minded people, someone you can rely on. Someone who may disagree with you or offer an alternative point of view.
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