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If you talk to other writers about writer’s block, a fair number will say there’s no such thing. Writer’s block is just lack of planning; someone once told me. Another said writer’s block just means I’m not trying.
But if you’re not writing, you have writer’s block, and whether that’s caused by an uncomfortable chair, a lack of ideas, or fear of failure, the end result is the same—you’re not writing.
Ultimately, the reason you’re not writing doesn’t matter. The good news is there are things you can do to help your overall creativity and loosen whatever bonds have tied up your typing fingers. Start these today and you could be back to your novel, your weekly short story, or your poetry chapbook by the end of tomorrow.
There are so many ways to approach breaking out of writing block. Taking time to read other people’s work, close-reading stories for craft elements, brainstorming questions about your characters, following a plot chart like the ones in StoryBilder—these are all great ways to fire up the writer brain. Practicing self-care can also help with creativity. I sometimes go for a walk or put on music and dance for five minutes or bring out the pencil crayons and do some coloring to open the creative floodgates.
If you’re ready to get back to writing, bust out your journal, free yourself from restrictions and get started. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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