Writers Keep Resilient With These Three Tips
Busting through a writer’s block compares to the upward thrust of Spring flowers – their resilient nature ensures that they will continue to bloom. I have never met a professional writer who has not battled his or her share of writing blocks.
- Most are formed over basic errors, such as spelling, usage, or style. Some are formed over taste or popular or aesthetic appeal. Will people understand the point? And the final is based on courage to create or “Does anything I write matter?”
Questioning Basics is a Common Block
Between writing under tight deadlines, searching for new markets to publish work, and interviewing or researching subjects, most writers have a lot of balls to juggle. The worst blocks send all the blocks tumbling to the ground. Being able to juggle several assignments – or the tenacity of a very long project like a novel or screenplay – depends upon adopting a beginner’s attitude. Being willing to look up the differences in affect/effect when drawing a blank keeps the balls in the air. Reading manuscripts backwards is a similarly tedious, but basic task that catches errors. And, detecting errors is what resilient writers and editors do.
The Deal with Public Appeal
Writing under deadline means setting aside personal ideology and meeting the needs of the reader. Is the vocabulary appropriate? Are the basic questions of who, what, where, when, and why being satisfied? Moving beyond what is trending into creating prose that touches on new takes on subjects keeps writing fresh. And writers in flow.
Does Anything I Write Matter?
Writers write to inform, encourage, and inspire readers. Once that is ingrained, blocks are less frequent. Why? Because the point of writing – outside of personal diary/journal accounts – is for the benefit of others. Finally, when that is routinely accomplished, then the courage of creating arrives regularly. In other words, confidence is born by picking up the balls and juggling them again and again.