Some don't believe in it, others wrestle with it daily. But it's a shared frustration amongst all creatives: the dreaded block.
As a writer, it can best be described as the palpable mind fog that seizes your flow, voiding your prose of rhythm and cadence, or in some cases, leaving you completely lost for words.
Ideas are hard to come by, fluidity is lost, and the simple art of constructing a sentence becomes an arduous feat.
But when you're paid to write, you can't afford to have an 'off day'.
I found this great post which shares various remedies to beat the block, which include writing by hand, turning to your biggest supporters, or my favourite - getting outside.
Staring at a screen within the same four walls each day is enough to dampen any creative spirit. By switching up your surroundings, you stimulate your imagination.
I recommend visiting your local coffee shop or just taking a walk outside to alter your perspective. It's amazing what a shift in your surroundings can do to ignite that creative spark again; I've always been a fan of people-watching for inspiration!
After all, how can we be expected to produce exceptional work when we confine ourselves to the same mundane, prosaic activities day in day out. Do something different, get outside of your routine, and switch it up. You'll shake off that mental block in no time at all.
It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose has turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you want to throw in the towel. Writer’s block. Every writer struggles with it. But what you do with it is what really matters. Before we talk about solutions, though, let’s talk about the problem.