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Pushing Too Hard: Writer’s Block

This post continues on what I mentioned in my earlier post, Inspiration: Do you wait for it?

Like I mentioned in that post, it’s best not to wait for inspiration to come and go. The best option is to hunt inspiration down and get words down as often as you can – preferably every day.

Writer’s Block is a term most writers are familiar with and it’s commonly called every writer’s enemy. Most people have no clue how the block occurs, but for me, I do now. I can’t speak for others. However, when it comes to how it happens to me, I’m pretty sure about the cause.

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While I’ve said before that it’s best to write every day, pushing myself too hard is what makes everything halt when it comes to my writing. The moment I fight on, it may go well at first, but then the words will stop. They won’t flow and I’ll be unable to even get a sentence on paper.

It sucks, for lack of a better way to put it.

Having no inspiration is one thing – you can hunt it down. Having even that not work is an entirely different story.

It took me years of writing to realize what exactly the cause of the blocks was. Now, if I feel one approaching, it’s easier for me to take a step back and prevent it from taking hold on me.

That’s one of the reasons why I’m trying to write only about a minimum of 500 words a day. If it’s more, great, if not; at least I got words down. Between college, my part-time job and this blog, setting a higher minimum is pushing too far. So, I have a small minimum daily goal and write more if my schedule allows for it.

What’s your experience with Writer’s Block? Do you know what causes it to happen to you?