Some related terms which mean the same thing or almost the same thing include creative block, musician’s block, artist’s block, etc.
People who have a case of writer’s block have at least one or more of the following negative things going on : Procrastination / laziness, depression, a negative attitude (example – “I really do it anymore and that’s just the way it is”), and they stick to routines too often. Often times, people with this ‘condition’* won’t explore new avenues nearly as much as they should because they don’t realize the benefits of breaking routines, taking breaks, and looking at other creative works for ideas and inspiration. Exposure to new and interesting things helps to create new pathways in your brain, and you evolve as a person. This is almost common sense, but its a simple fact which seems to be forgotten too much.
Come up with a list of things that amuse you, excite you, frighten you, make you happy, or any kind of strong emotion. Think of things that make you jealous. What is the point of this? Stronger emotions help us to take action, unless maybe something happens to us to cause these emotions. So rather than walk through the ghetto by yourself at night to take risks, it would be better to watch a drama movie (if you don’t do much of that already.) Doing this, in combination with something else you might not do such as reading an article from a magazine you’ve never considered looking at is something which exposes you to different things, and can thereby give you ideas on what to create content about.
There might be other things you need to do to defeat writer’s block, which is not a disease but a state of mind. Is there too much chaos in your life? Are you constantly around work, kids, and other demands? If you can’t put aside any time for just you, then getting rid of the block might be more than just challenging. Also, consider all of the ways that you can help break your routine. This could be anything from taking a different route to work, shopping at a grocery store you’ve never shopped at for the sake of it, making a different kind of a meal, or brushing your teeth with the hand you wouldn’t usually use. Keep your attitude in check while you’re at it. Thoughts like I can’t come up with anything worthwhile can be replaced with We all start somewhere!
The only incurable case of writer’s block that I know of would be the various forms of dementia, or some other type of brain damage.
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