Writer's Block is a process, not an obstacle

Writer's Block is a process, not an obstacle

The one figure of speech that could use a chisel and mallet.


Reading this, you may be thinking more or less what it took to write this article. From a writer to a reader, who may also be a writer, I can say that writer's block was never a topic I wanted to discuss. I feared that I would catch the common chronic condition of clueless culling and calling. That alliteration I just used took me some time to think of. "C" is for "cat" and other words that begin with "C," and that is what writer's block does.

Writer's block is not a dead-end destination. It is your mind being super conscious or hyper aware of the act of writing. A writer knows what is asked of him but how does he answer? Is it profound patience or is it idle waiting that is synonymous with thinking? Will hitting your head against a wall be more productive than sitting down into a numb, staring status? To write is a compound verb that varies, changes, and adapts in its actions.

I don't always worry that I'll have nothing to say or think of. Thinking is like wearing your favorite pair of pants then learning that they no longer fit you. By thinking you tend to second-guess or change your mind too quickly during the process of writing. Or out of comfort, the idea of not writing and thinking more instead is a better alternative.

A gold mine of thoughts will see you through but the real gold rush comes from feeling. You know what you want to say but how you say it is akin to how you feel about it. Would a character say this and, if he would, does it convey how he feels? Emotions do the thinking for you, give you visual metaphors where you wouldn't think an emotion could be seen.

Look for the metaphors. The figures of speech are your muses. The writer's intent is to reverse the rotation of the Earth, to see the world differently so that he can leave it changed or aware of its own motion. Let writing move you. Pick up the writer's block and move it with you. Do step ups on it with books as your dumbbells in each hand. Break it down, don't break down. Use your creative outlets; music, podcasts, movies, books, interviews, comedians, anything that drives you to write.

One day, if you do find that block to be too heavy or too high to step up with, write all over its four sides. Carve tattoo thoughts into it, even if it's silly or bad. You can always remove a tattoo. You can always edit. Editing is writing after hours when you can make sense of the nonsense. If you don't feel like writing, do another tangible task.

Work should be your play. Free your mind of routine for awhile, and when you're not busy thinking, new thoughts will arrive and seek a place on the page for later. Inspiration strikes when you're focused, be it focused on the page itself or the walk or drive you took to get away without really getting away. Potential is there and finding it comes when, and sometimes where, you least expect it.

Writer's block is a process disguised as an obstacle. Fear, disappointment, anger, expectation, any reasonable excuse is not reasonable enough for your aspiration. Don't be your own obstacle, don't become the things and the people that are your obstacles. Right now, write now.

The only way you know what's worth writing is by writing anything, anything at all.

Cover Image Credit:

Kinga Cichewicz

Popular Right Now

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

Related Content

Facebook Comments