I think many people have no clue as to the immense power they have to achieve anything they want. Some situations or people may even try to hinder your progress, but the only way they (people or situations) can succeed is if you allow them. Nobody is more powerful than you in fighting for what you want. The famous Hollywood actor, Will Smith, made a profound statement about how your mind is your greatest weapon. He quotes thus, “You can’t win the war against the world if you can’t win the war against your own mind,” and therefore I believe nothing can stop a creative mind that’s determined to birth something life-changing.
Being a professional creative writer for over two years, I don’t believe in having writer’s block. Of course, I have other creative friends who complain of how they have written nothing in weeks or months because of writer’s block. And they used to get offended when I tell them I do not believe in it, neither can it happen to me because I am above having it. I think they now understand what I meant since they always compliment my works and the consistency I have maintained over the years.
They see writer’s block as a disease: something that comes to snatch away their creativity and sanity. I see it as an excuse to procrastinate; the fear to publish a creative piece because of self-criticism or what other people will say, or laziness to follow a dream through. If doctors do not have doctor’s block, why should writers have writer’s block? I guess you can now see why I strongly believe writer’s block is not just a myth, but a ridiculous one at that.
It is perfectly normal for you to not be in the mood, or feel lethargic or not be in the right frame of mind to produce a creative piece but it is detrimental for you to not be in your element and produce work that either feeds or gives you peace and fulfilment. I have been in situations where I didn’t feel like writing because I was too lazy to write, lacked inspiration or had emotional drama. Now, you may wonder how I could snap out of whatever was wrong with me and get back to writing. I’ll share some proven tips that have helped me over the years, which I believe will also help you.
- I tell myself that I’m in a phase that will end as soon as I get up, determined to get work done. So, I get proactive and start writing no matter how incoherent my content is. The goal is not to have a perfect write up but to have something, anything written.
- I just do whatever my body wants at the time: go out to a fancy place, eat a certain food, see movies, play games, read a novel, or even sleep. Doing any of this takes away the anxiety and cloudiness in my head. It makes me calm and more level-headed to think and be creative. The caveat here, however, is not to spend too much time giving your body what it wants that you forget you have work to do.
- I leave that particular work and take up another one. Sometimes doing mundane tasks suffocates our creativity, so when you take a break from doing a particular thing, you’ll be surprised at how easily doing something new comes.
- Last but not least, write afraid. Write as though there are no critics; like you don’t doubt yourself and like someone will die if you write and don’t publish it for anyone to read. The more you write and put your work out there (not waiting for validation from others based on the number of likes or comments you get on social media), the more confident you will be and the better your creativity.
In a nutshell, if as a creative whose livelihood or source of fulfilment depends on how frequently you can create content (in whatever form or style) and you believe in having writer’s block, you are only setting up yourself for lack and depression. You have absolute control of whatever you let your mind believe and you should believe that your inability to be creative at a particular time is not because you have writer’s block but because you need time to get into a new headspace so your creative juices can flow.
I have always believed writer’s block is not real but a state of the mind and never for once have I experienced it. Even when for whatever reason I refuse to create content, the idea for that content just never leaves my head. The good thing is having a nagging reminder that an idea is waiting to break free spurs me into getting my mind and head right to create great content. And because I believe I just need to get my mind right; that I don’t have writer’s block, I get back to work and my creative juice flows wonderfully.
I’ll close with these words from King Solomon, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he in behaviour.” What do you believe?