Writers get a bad rap for being the only creative professionals to have their own unique illness. I’m referring to the “writer’s block”. Let me clear something real quick:
There’s no such thing as writer’s block.
Writing is just like any other art form. The more you practice it, the better you get at it. The less you do it, the harder it is to do it. If you write often you will get stuck less and less.
I’m a trained animator and filmmaker. When I was working on my latest film LIFT UP, I remember getting up every day and walking to the computer to keep animating. It was hard. Sometimes I didn’t know where to even start. I often wanted to just take a day off and not do any work.
Could I have simply proclaimed to have “animation block?” Doesn’t really sound right, does it?
Professionals go and do their art every day. They don’t use excuses like “painting block” “music block” or “programming block”.
No. They get to the task and overcome that feeling we all have that is trying to make us stop working for the day.
Did you ever try pushing past the block? I have found that if I REALLY want to I am able to overcome my creative block and go back to the flow, but it takes a lot of willpower. Sometimes more than others.
So if you are a writer, please, don’t give yourself a special break and say “Oh! I have a writer’s block! Nothing I can do about it.” Instead, try taking a break, have some coffee and try again.