The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark – Michelangelo Buonarotti.
Writer’s block is a daily struggle writer’s encounter which is mostly caused by the need to create something perfect.
It’s one thing to call yourself a writer and quite another to actually write. So what seperates the pros from the amateurs? The difference between a professional and an amateur is simple practice. The amateur quits, the pro never gives up.
Is it God given talent? Natural skill or something of that sort.
Now, imagine that. Imagine that your writing was so ingrained into your daily set of practices that it was hard to give up. Not something you had to force yourself to do for fear of punishment, but rather something that you enjoyed so much it was difficult to avoid. I submit to you that this is a choice. You can choose to treat your writing like a discipline, another daily chore to be endured, or as a privilege that it is. You can write for the love of it, not the dread of it. You can write a little bit today, just because you enjoy it. Then, do the same tomorrow.
This is what real writers do: they write every single day. Don’t worry about that now, though. Just concentrate on what you will write today. Before you know it, you will have created a habit. A writing habit. One that is hard to give up.
How do you get up every day and overcome your block as a writer? You do this by forming a habit of writing every day. Do it so frequently that you don’t even have to think about it, so much that your brain doesn’t have time to feel fear. That’s what the pros do. They don’t beat the fear or fight through it, they do the thing afraid. And it’s what you and I must do, too, if we’re going to get serious about our craft.
Here are very few tips to over coming your block;
- Pick a space. This could be your dinning table, bedroom, living room, garden. Any environment that’s convenient for your creativity. It’s even more a sacred idea to me.
- Set a particular hour or two in the day when its conducive for you to write. Any time at all, just make sure consistency is achieved. It doesn’t matter if you have any idea what you’re going to write; until you commit to a time, you will never get into a daily rhythm of writing.
- Set a goal. Whatever number, a hundred of thousands just write! In my opinion, 300 – 500 words is good for a start.
Do this over and over and over again, as often as you can. Within months, you’ll be surprised how much easier writing comes to you. Sounds good, right? But, you might be thinking, “What if I don’t know what to write?” Great question. Here’s the answer: It doesn’t matter. Write anyway. If you haven’t formed a habit yet, your writing probably isn’t that good. That’s fine. Expected, even. All you’re trying to do is show up, to be consistent enough to start practicing and get good. I’m not kidding when I say what you write about doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. At the end of the day, there is one box you need to check, and it reads:
“Have I written?”
The goal is to just get going and to get better and more consistent as we go. Remember, progress defeats perfection.