It doesn’t have to be a hindrance.  ‘Writer’s Block’ is seldom a sign that you’re finished as a writer, but it may be trying to tell you one of three things.

It could be you’re mentally exhausted.  Too many people get to this point without realizing it.  Compare your brain to a bank account; if you get overtired or even under-stimulated, you’re overdrawn.  Making a deposit of sleep will help the ‘interest’ of creativity to grow.

Or, you might find yourself under-stimulated.  Get out there and do something out of your normal routine.  Try out a new coffee shop, art gallery, or cafe.  If that doesn’t interest you, persue something else that does.  Make a new friend.  If you write fiction, it doesn’t have to be a real person every single time.  Just don’t do it too often, or your real social life will suffer (especially when you try to introduce him or her.) 😉

Another reason for ‘writer’s block’ may be that your brain is trying to tell you something and you’re not paying attention.  A while ago I had the disconcerting experience of wanting to write a chapter, and suddenly there were no words.  I waited, but nothing came.  I decided to assess the problem, and that’s when it occurred to me that I didn’t care for the place I would be taking my character to.  It was the ‘aha’ I needed to continue, and the inspiration to make the setting more interesting, not the dark dungeon I’d been unconsciously planning on creating.  My case of ‘writer’s block’ turned out to be my brain’s way of telling me I could do better.

Any time someone who enjoys writing finds it’s no longer enjoyable, it’s time to figure out the problem.  That’s not to say every bit of writing is side splitting entertainment; good writing should include a vast spectrum of humor and tragedy, heroes and villians, tension and conflict resolution.  Otherwise, it’s not believable, the story evaporates, and the reader is lost.

Don’t mistake the end of the story for ‘writer’s block.’  When I finished Been Blued, somewhat to my surprise, I quit typing.  It was similar to ‘writer’s block,’ in that the ideas simply stopped.  I read and reread the final paragraphs a few times before I realized they wrapped up the story with a powerful hook for the sequel.  It seems to have worked, since my readers have been eagerly awaiting the second title in the series, Martian Blues.  Hopefully, less than six weeks now.  As soon as I know, I’ll be writing about it.

Thanks for reading.  🙂

Phyllis K Twombly

About Scifialiens

Author of the Martian Symbiont series: three titles, so far; Been Blued, Martian Blues, Martian Divides. Currently writing screenplays. 'Mating With Humans' can be found on her account. Enjoyed writing from the start. Also a Star Trek and Doctor Who fan. Canadian so far. Paternal grandparents were American. Feels more at home in the States. Loves dogs and most other animals. Loves cats from afar--allergies. Plays flute and saxophone; 'messes with' keyboard and electric guitar. Single so far. Not really looking at the moment. Age: irrelevant. Not to be confused with the fictional comic book character, Phyllis Twombly, who lived for 600 years in the American Midwest.

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  1. zeroratio says:

    Any time someone who enjoys writing finds it’s no longer enjoyable, it’s time to figure out the problem.
    Well said! Thanks!

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