If you’re a writer, then you would have experienced something called “Writer’s block,” and you will know that it’s an absolute nightmare. You sit down at your desk, pen and notebook by your side, waiting for the words to form in your head – but there’s nothing. Instead, you stare at a blank word document questioning why you became a writer in the first place and doubting every good piece you have ever written.
The harsh truth is not everything you write will be a masterpiece. Not everything you write will receive thousands of views. Not everything you write will gain likes and comments. That’s just the way it is. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you from posting something that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. So what if nobody reads it? The moment you start writing solely for other people is the moment you forget the true purpose of what it means to be a writer. Sure, you should write to inspire others, but you should mostly be writing for yourself. You are your biggest critic. That means you shouldn’t post something unless you are truly happy with it. And trust me, your readers can tell if a topic means something to you, or whether you have written something just for the purpose of writing it.
The thing about Writer’s Block is it makes you feel like a failure. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown my hands up in the air and told myself that I’ll never be a successful writer. Just because I’m not earning as much as another writer, it doesn’t mean that I’m failing at what I do. If anything it should encourage me to keep writing and keep improving until I reach a point where I’m very happy with my earnings.
But still, it’s in my nature to compare.
I look at a piece I’ve written and immediately I want to tweak it. I deleted, rewrite, then delete. Sometimes I’m happy with the end result, other times I feel frustrated. That’s part of being a writer, I suppose. There are days when your fingertips won’t be able to keep up with your thoughts and you will write as if the words are literally spilling out of your head. There are days when no words come at all. On days like these, you should feel even more encouraged to write. It doesn’t matter if all you can manage is a few sentences or a rough draft – it counts for something.
Even though it feels like your brain is made up of clouds and rain, there’s still a light trying to break through. How do you overcome Writer’s Block? You write. You write anything that comes to your mind, even if it’s jumbled up. You write because you have a purpose. You write because it makes you feel complete. You write because despite feeling like you are failing, you are making a huge difference with your words.
Don’t let this mental block stop you from creating your best work yet.