Writer’s block is real. Of course, you already knew that.
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After writing my first few blogs, I got stuck and couldn’t get to new ideas. I had hit the writer’s block. At first, I was surprisingly happy to have joined the esteemed club of writers, but quickly came to my senses.
The problem I realized was not in the thoughts meeting paper (or computer), but it was the choice between competing ideas that I felt would make me proud, representing me. And, in this frenzy of presenting the best, I became my barrier.
Dreading imperfectness with our creations, we look to find the most polished ideas that will wow our audience. However, the fallacy of this approach is that we cease to produce anything. That is the real writer’s block. It’s not just for writers but for any creative undertakings.
We’ve never been more connected, yet disconnected. We now have more access to life-defining information, but we have fewer insights than ever. We’ve never been so enterprising, yet so undetermined at the same time. We’ve never had so much opportunity, yet so threatened by our undoing.
How do we fix it?
The fix is to start creating, no matter how raw or imperfect it may be, to keep jotting down everything or anything you can before it starts to make sense. Once you see something, you will be stimulated to improve it and shape it the way you want it to appear. This sculpting of your thoughts will open the flow, inspiring you to make your creation better. And there you are creating the masterpiece one word at a time.
Everyone has their mountains to climb. Get a reality check if you expect to reach the summit with your very first step. If you cringe at your earlier creations, then smile, because it’s a sign of progress.
Unblock. Take the first step. Start something.
Thank you for sharing some of your precious time with me each week. Leave a comment if you liked it.
Stay safe, stay hopeful.
With gratitude, until next week.