3 Ways To Battle Writer's Block

3 Ways To Battle Writer's Block

No matter what kind of writer you are, you've probably come head-to-head with the famous writer's block.

No matter what kind of writer you are, you've probably come head-to-head with the famous writer's block. Often it feels hopeless to attempt to do anything other than wallow in misery and wait for that "aha!" moment to rescue you. That being said, there are better ways to get yourself writing again.

1. Divide and conquer

The best way to get yourself out of writer's block starts out with knowing what you want done. If you're writing a novel, look up plotting maps and break up your general outline into manageable chunks. If your writing is a bit less straightforward, try to break it up to the best of your ability. Then, focus on the section that intrigues you the most. Don't worry about starting at the end. Put all of your time and efforts into getting that part done. Once you've finished, you'll have more than you started. More often than not, you'll be more motivated to work on your project if you have something to start with.

2. Set goals and deadlines

While it would be great to continue jumping scenes, it's always a good idea to have a little more discipline at times. Set up a general outline of how much you want done by a certain time. Don't make your deadlines too strict right away. Try testing out how much you can get yourself to do at a time. If you challenge yourself too much, you'll quickly discourage yourself. That being said, if you can work out a schedule that works for you, having a permanent deadline will motivate you to get it done.

3. Find an audience

Lastly, it's always nice to have a group of readers who are waiting for you to finish your works. It doesn't matter who your audience is. They don't have to provide any editing advice, but it would be good if they're generally a group of people who are excited to see more of your work. Just knowing that there are people who are waiting to read something you've created can be the most motivating thing about writing. Don't be afraid to reach out online if you aren't comfortable with your friends or family reading your first drafts. There are plenty of supportive online communities!

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Professional Athletes Are People, Too

How two NBA players are working to fight the stigma around mental health.

On February 17, 2018, DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors star basketball player, tweeted this out:

DeRozan was in California, preparing to play in the NBA All-Star game, with no obvious struggle to explain this tweet. He was having a career year and leading his team to their best season in franchise history. One of the best players in the league, he had plenty of money, fame, and success. And yet, DeRozan openly admitted that, despite his seemingly perfect life, he still struggles with depression. Two weeks later, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love published an article on The Players Tribune website entitled “Everyone Is Going Through Something.” In it, he detailed his own experiences with panic attacks that led him to stop neglecting his mental health and talk to a therapist.

In his piece, Love revealed that DeRozan’s tweet helped him open up and share his story. After all, athletes aren’t used to talking about their mental health struggles; Love writes in his article that “I’d never heard of any pro athlete talking about mental health, and I didn’t want to be the only one.”

Having DeRozan be honest about his depression must have been a huge relief to Love, as it showed that he wasn’t alone in dealing with his mental health among his peers. This is why it’s especially important that two athletes revealed that they regularly struggle with their mental health. In sports, depression is seen as a lack of toughness, a crutch that can be taken advantage of.

Love writes that “I didn’t want to look weak. Honestly, I just didn’t think I needed [to see a therapist]. It’s like the playbook said — figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had.”

Just as athletes want to play through injuries no matter what, they have also grown up believing that sharing their inner problems will counteract their macho, tough image and make them look weak and vulnerable instead.

This stigma around mental health trickles down to outside viewers: little kids who see their favorite NBA players as superheroes and regular people who may deal with depression but feel isolated because no one talks about it openly. This is why having two athletes go against the mold, fight against the “figure it out on your own” culture in sports, and share their struggles, is so important.

Not only is it difficult for them to be vulnerable enough to share their struggles, but it also shows millions of fans who also struggle with their mental health that they aren’t alone and that their circumstances are very normal: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental health problems each year. Love and DeRozan sharing their own struggles will help lessen the stigma around dealing with mental health problems.

I applaud DeRozan and Love for being open and vulnerable enough to express their mental health stories. Knowing that millions of people would know something so sensitive and personal about them must have been very difficult. Their platform as professional athletes will hopefully improve how mental health is discussed, both in traditionally macho athletic settings as well as among the general public. Perhaps most importantly, kids who look up to these sports stars as heroes and role models will hopefully learn that mental health struggles are normal, that talking about mental health is extremely helpful, and that anyone and everyone can have down moments in which they need outside help.

DeRozan would later follow up his tweet and say that “no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day.” Hopefully, with his and Love’s experiences, more people can treat others with respect and kindness, knowing that everyone, even superheroic sports stars, is going through something.

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