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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

DEALING WITH WRITER'S BLOCK


Every writer once suffered or would suffer Writer's Block.

Just as the bra firmly straps the mammaries to ransom, so does the writer's source of flow get strapped and cocooned from creativity.

You may not readily create content in that state. But you certainly can.

When you are unable to produce content, you just have to be confident, then robe yourself with DETERMINATION.

"Planning to write is not writining. Outlining…researching…talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing." - E.L. Doctorow

Determine to write, then write.

One of the problems you may have about starting to write is that you want to write what people will read and applaud. You do not want to appear vague and unusual to your readers. It is normal for a writer to want to feel approved by his readers. But the truth is, you do not become a writer by being an expert. You rather become and expert by writing.

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." - Richard Bach

If your audience want to read what they would love, then they go ahead and write it. And even if they do, critics will always have a role to play. You could be one.

Just know this:

"Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." - Barbara Kingsolver

As a writer, you are a creator. The users of creation only make do with what has been created.

Just get started already, start creating a word, then a phrase, then a sentence. Hone your ingenuity to a flow, but be ready to suffer the disease of creators. Be ready to become creatively constipated when the flow begins.

Write about anything. Think of a problem and write about the solution. Write about just anything imaginable. Free yourself of distractions, take a walk, go for a run, chat with people, listen to serene lyrics, write a letter, look at the news, see movies, write in simplest of words what your core message is; that's a filthy draft that will spur you.

Ideas are embedded in those.

Writers are ruthless and shameless! If you're too careful about what to write and how you write, you may find writing very complex and miss the mark, hence the block. Be liberal, write the unusual, and gradually carve a niche for yourself.

If this has helped you, do share your thoughts.

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