Since I have signed a contract for a book, I have had a minor dose of what I can only think must be writer’s block! I will definitely get it finished, and I have had a lot of very valid excuses not to complete it; for example, some other health issues, some deaths in our circle of friends, and I am at the tail end of completing a Masters of Science in Dementia Care at the University of Wollongong, with only a couple of weeks to have everything in. On top of that, I am now in paid employment, another committment to not only my time, but my ability to function. Hmmmm… excuses, excuses, excuses…
Some common causes of writer’s block include the following;
- Timing: It’s simply not the right time to write, or you are too busy
- Fear: Many writers struggle with being afraid, with putting their ideas (and themselves) out there for everyone to see and critique. I’m pretty sure fear is a major reason some writers never become published writers.
- Perfectionism: You want everything to be just right before you ever put pen to paper or touch a keyboard. It is never perfect… you just have to trust that TODAY it is good enough, otherwise you will never begin, nor submit anything!
- Discipline: You are probably not being disciplined enough, or treating it like a real job, with the same respect and committment you would give a ‘real’ job
Go forth and write, or paint, or sing, or whatever it is that floats your boat, and if you enjoy it, then do it, as often as you can.