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Writer's block

Facing a blank page or screen can be a daunting experience for even the most ardent writer and, for many, it can bring forth feelings of self-doubt and criticism. Any lull in our creative process can grind a well-thought-out manuscript or short story to a halt.

Our mindset is a powerful tool when it comes to creativity. Without a desire to weave words, we may experience lethargy and despair. These thoughts become all-consuming until we no longer feel that glow of excitement as we open our notebook or switch on our laptop.

What is a writer’s block?

Block is when a writer struggles to produce new work. The words won’t come. Block can impact mental and physical health. It can get stop writers achieving their goals, halting progress for weeks, months or even years.

Do you recognise yourself in any of the following?

There are many other reasons why blocks happen, not just the ones I’ve listed here, but these common examples can help you recognise when it’s happening to you.

Breaking through the blocks

Once you identify the reason behind your block, you can work to correct it. If you’re too busy, then it might mean rethinking the activities you’re juggling to see where you can make changes. Acknowledging you have imposter syndrome and learning to accept praise as well as constructive feedback can break that cycle. Taking your mental and physical health seriously and allowing yourself a break might be what you need right now.

Serious blocks may need further investigation. There are a range of supportive forums, writing groups and individuals who you could turn to for support.

For day-to-day blocks that stop you working on that next chapter, writing a short story or producing poetry, for example, there is one, simple tool worthy of every writer’s toolkit:

The writing prompt.

What are writing prompts?

A writing prompt acts like a warm-up exercise, loosening your creative muscles.

Many prompts come in the form of a story starter. Here are some examples:

You should feel a tingle of inspiration reading the prompt.

Simply write the words that follow.

Alternatively, you could pick a ‘word of the day’ such as:

Try using a word of your choice to inspire a piece of writing.

Whatever prompt you use, your task is to free write for five minutes. No editing, no reading back, no sharing. Just write.

If you’re experiencing block, try dedicating a small amount of time to a writing prompt today. It could be just what you need to free your imagination.

About Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson is a British, genre-straddling author of sixteen books including motivational self-help books and young adult fantasy fiction. She has a crazy black cat called Luna and is obsessed with vampires, Tudor and Viking history as well as exploring castles

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