Learn to Start Writing
When you hear about writers block you think of the pain and agony of sitting in front of a blank sheet that has nothing on it and that the words simply won’t appear from nowhere. There has been much research on the subject of writers block.
My findings are simple.
- Write everyday.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
The psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler and many others focused on the process of writing which linked several things to the problem.
Writing It’s Not Simple
There are two stages that writers block can happen at. One is the creative process. The second is our emotional state. Factors like illness, fear of failure, financial problems and our own expectations can lead to emotional turmoil that makes it difficult to write.
While there have been many people that have offered solutions to this problem. Everyone that sits down to write will still suffer some form of writers block or blank page syndrome. There are many good solutions to this problem, and it helps to know that your not alone in your suffering.
A few of the resources that I have found that range from books like “The Artist’s Way” or “Coaching the Artist Within”. They focus on good solutions that make sense. The best advice I have heard is that keeping a free flowing form of a journal will be your best friend. Also writing often even if it’s not perfect will keep your love of the craft growing.
I have thought about the way I have worked over the years and today considered a few points that I know about myself. The first part of my writers block comes from not knowing how to begin. The second part of my writers block comes from self-censorship. I think everyone has the fear of what if they don’t like what I write?
Fear of Writing
Cyril Connolly said, “It’s better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self”. I agree, I know that my writing isn’t great or the best in the world. What I do know is that I can write, because I have done so almost everyday for five years.
With that experience comes a feeling, writing doesn’t have to be scary. If someone doesn’t like what you have to say, they don’t have to read it.
The two main points here are that if your really serious about breaking the writers block that you first have to know yourself and your creative mind. The second point is you must have no fear and reject any self censorship while writing the first draft.
I know not all people will agree with me. The other things that help are not writing perfectly with spelling, capitalizations, or perfect punctuation. Just write everyday for ten minutes at the fastest speed possible in free flow of words and never edit them. Learn to write what you write and get a feel for putting it down.
Practice this and you will find that your fear vanishes, those blank pages are waiting to be filled. You have the strength to put something down. I think that everyone should write. Everyone should do the best they can, and everyone should be happy to have the freedom to do such.
Write everyday, with practice comes talent.
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