Posted by Alex Alexander • January 21, 2016
You write a couple of sentences and then delete them just as fast. They were horrible. No one will ever want to read this garbage. Why do I even bother trying to write? Maybe I’m not meant to be a writer, I have no talent.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, you aren’t alone. Every author that ever put pen to paper (or finger to key) has suffered writer’s block at one point or another. Even Ernest Hemingway would complain that he suffered writer’s block on a daily basis because of his feeling that his readers’ huge expectations were weighing on him.
The biggest cause of writer’s block
Most people don’t realize it, but writer’s block usually has nothing to do with the lack of creativity, or the lack of ability. Most of the time writer’s block is caused when we begin worrying that our writing won’t be good enough.
You begin to feel that you’re going to fail. The irony of it is, the more you need your writing to be amazing, the less it will be. The cure for this is to stop planning and worrying about being published and let your imagination take over to produce whatever it feels. Train yourself to believe that you’re writing only for yourself and no one else will ever see it.
By removing the pressure, and convincing yourself to not care so much about whether or not your writing is good enough, writing becomes fun again and your creativity begins to flow.
They’re more afraid of you then you are of them
Ok, it’s true, this statement is usually meant for when a vicious animal is snarling at you, but the same is true in this case as well. What makes you think that you’re the only person in the world afraid of being judged?
Everyone is afraid of being judged, however, some people are just better at hiding it than others are. So, you aren’t alone, everyone out there would be reacting the same way if they were in your shoes.
There are several big time authors out there that have said, after they have published their tenth bestseller or accepted another award, “I don’t deserve this, there are plenty of authors better than me out there.”
Ignore the haters
One of Mom’s famous sayings is still just as difficult to achieve, but it’s a very helpful suggestion. It may be true that one nasty review has a tendency to overshadow twenty compliments, however, for no other reason than keeping your sanity through life you owe it to yourself to learn to just ignore nasty remarks.
Learn from helpful criticism and learn from compliments as well, but nasty, unproductive comments serve no purpose, so just don’t even waste your time with them. Notice I said learn from helpful criticism. None of us are perfect and helpful criticism shouldn’t be considered a nasty comment or taken as a failure, but as a valuable lesson that you can use to improve yourself and your writing.
I truly hope these suggestions help you even a little. Most times it’s easier said than done, but if you can just learn to relax and write for yourself you will not only be a much more productive writer but a much happier and healthier one.
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