The irony of suffering writer’s block whilst trying to write about writer’s block is not lost on me. Right now, I’m staring out the window at the beginnings of yet another blizzard, wondering what in the world I have to say about writer’s block that hasn’t been said already. Of course, author Charles Bukowski is quoted as saying, “Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” So, I’ve got that going for me.
But, my suspicion that I have nothing to add to the conversation is rooted in a common trap — fear and self-doubt that one has anything meaningful to say on a particular subject.
Here’s the deal: I’m not going to say anything groundbreaking about writer’s block. Anyone who has ever sat down to write an academic paper, craft a compelling personal statement, or even commit their grocery list to paper with any measure of accuracy has, no doubt, felt stopped at that mental red light.
The purpose of this post is to simply provide a few reminders about how to wriggle out from under the weight of writer’s block, and get back to work. Ultimately, the only way to win in the face of writer’s block is to just. write. something. Anything, in fact.
Teaser tip: Next week, we will explain the creative genius behind copywriter Jenna R. London’s code to crack writer’s block. If you haven’t yet, check out our current giveaway and see if you can make out the madness behind her method… But for now, here is some definition, data, and direction surrounding writer’s block and how to move past it.