Overcoming the Writers Block

Writers block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity.

I like the idea of being able to write, but I dont know.  How to start?  What should I start writing?

These are perhaps the FAQs that many aspiring writers and bloggers have. So did I, in fact I still do. Even while I am writing this. I feel, I don’t have the correct words to express what I want to. And when I do, I keep struggling to finish my sentence, before I jump into another interesting thought that has just come to my mind. And when I am done writing a paragraph I read and re-read to see if the whole thing is making any sense or not. This is something that is very regular. I attributed this to a busy lifestyle, a cluttered mind and of course lack of reading.

But I refused to surrender. As writing is a very integral part of who I am and how I prefer to communicate and express my feelings.

So I asked my writer friends and this is what one of them had to say. Meaningful writing will look like a challenge, till the time you are unable to articulate your thoughts into words and hence leading to something called “Writer’s Block”.

That is something new to me. And the obvious choice of help was Wikipedia.  It says,

It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. Throughout history, writer’s block has been a documented problem.Professionals who have struggled with the affliction include author F. Scott Fitzgerald and pop culture cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.

So what is the solution to this? I am not a writer by profession, but I feel a strong desire to write. Even if it is just a simple and original status message on facebook.

I never seem to be able to finish a novel or any damn book that I pick up. I think I also have a reader’s block(if at all there is anything of that sort). Will it help if I regularly read newspapers, editorials and popular fiction?
Wanting to be a writer for long but are always hesitant to write and share? Don’t know what to write, how to start and how to go about it? Take a break!
Here are some easy tips that will give a boost to your creative acumen.

1. Stay away from controversies:

Start with simple topics. No need to burst out emotions on controversial international and national political issues. Rather pick up a topic of your choice or write about your hobby. If you are an art and craft buff, it will be interesting to write about your latest creation. If you are a globetrotter, write an anecdote of your last trip.

2. Keep it short and sweet:

Don’t start with writing an epic in mind. You will reach that stage too but to start with keep a limit of 300-500 words and gradually move on to 800-1000 words and so on.

3. Believe it or not thoughts have wings and always let them soar. Best thoughts come while driving, taking a shower or cooking. Do not forget to pen them down as soon as you get a chance.

4. Simplicity is the best policy:  Keep your GRE and GMAT vocabulary books aside. You definitely do not need those words to be a good writer. Simple words which are easy to understand garner more interest from readers.

5.Get feedback: Be open for critical feedback. Do not keep your work undercover rather give to your friends and family members to read. Seek their feedback and understand their comments in depth. Finally do a self-analysis and do the editing accordingly.

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