Every Writer's Worst Nightmare:

W R I T E R ' S . B L O C K

contributed by Triber: Conor Richardson ( @pensive_poems) 

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We’ve all experienced it. You’re in the groove, pen to paper (or fingers on the keyboard, your choice) and right in the flow of things...

It stops.

No words.

No rhythm.

The entire process comes to a screetching halt like the faucet of your brain has been turned off and the waters run dry. Like you, I’ve experienced my fair share of writer’s block and over time I’m constantly finding myself trying to find ways to deal with it. Writer's block is the ultimate frustration for those who use writing as a system of venting, an outlet for expressionism, a passion that creates a driving force, or even just a hobby. For myself writing is an outlet for the words I cannot say out loud but live in my head. There are times where I physically cannot find the words to describe what I’m feeling so when I’m hit with writer’s block, it’s like a barrier has been put up in my mind to stop me from expressing myself. If any of this sounds familiar to you then I urge you to read on so I can tell you from my own experience the tricks I have developed or learned in order to help myself.

Lesson #1: A clean space makes a clean mind. This is something that you may have heard before but I cannot stress how true this is. If you intend to write you can’t do it in a place that’s cluttered or messy. This can promote clutter in the mind and stop you from working so work only in a tidy area!

Lesson #2: Close your notebook/laptop, turn off your computer and take a step back. Writer’s block is just that - a temporary block. Take a second to do something else like go for a walk or cook something, even tidy that mess up that was stopping you before. A distraction can be the perfect way to clear your mind because it shifts your focus from one thing to another so when you get back to writing it’s fresh and new and your ideas will hopefully start to flow again.

Lesson #3: Relax! Now stay with me here. I know very well that being told to relax isn’t the easiest thing to do. But by taking a breather and relaxing you allow yourself a chance to undo your mind and you’ll find that the locked tap in your head will flow a lot clearer. Take a bath, put on some music, see your friends; whatever you need to do to help you relax - DO ! 

Lesson #4: For the final lesson and the one I’ve had to learn the hard way time and time again -know that writer’s block is okay and it’s fine to struggle. Sometimes it’s best to move on. I don’t mean throw away the piece you’ve been working on for so long but put it to the side and go on to a different idea. Your writer’s block, like mine, may only be focused on that one project so until you can get the ideas going for that piece again try working on something new. New ideas flow from the things you see, the dreams you have and the people you meet on a day to day basis. Working on a new piece with a fresh concept could inspire ideas for your blocked piece.

Whether you write novels, poem, scripts or articles, writers block is a common ailment that affects many. These are the examples that I have found through life that help with block but if there are any others then please share in the comments and help us to create a strong community of supportive writers ! 

- Conor Richardson ( 2017 ) 


A special thank you to Conor for contributing to the Tribe of Poets blog. If you are interested in contributing as well, please click the button below to contact me! I'd love to hear your ideas and feature you!  Also I have linked Conor's Instagram page so if you would like to learn more about your fellow Triber and see some of his work, click the link below! 

love & light,

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