In the following article I would like to expound 10 or 11 things that hamper my writing process and what I can do to combat them. Usually when I cannot overcome writing-related inhibitions this is what happens:
1. Sitting at the keyboard or getting things down in paper is prevented by an unidentified emotional problem.
Solution: You should take care of yourself. If possible talk to someone who has a similar problem. Confide with the people you trust and tell them about the setback. Compassionate friends will understand your situation and may give you a lot of useful advice. Moreover contact your writing buddy – he or she must have come through the same difficulty and may have a ready solution.
Quick advice (effectiveness not guaranteed :-)) : Think of something positive, don’t treat your writing as too personal.
2. Impossible to overcome anxiety and fear of writing comes just out of blue.
Recently I have heard of graphophobia or scriptophobia, other sources tell of metrophobia. No matter whether these medical conditions are plausible, one thing is sure, writing process is complex and calls for a lot of emotional engagement, it requires a lot of mental effort – it is a complex enterprise which involves cognitive skills to verbalize in script what you have in your mind. This process comes in leaps and jumps, it is very discontinuous and disorderly and that’s why many beginning writers have a fear of it.
Solution: Why don’t you take a deep breath and look on the bright side of it, disconnect from writing whenever you come across an obstacle – walk out your dog. That’s what I have just done to encourage inspiration and come back to writing.
3. Is writing block activated? What is a writing block, anyway? How can I get past it?
4. Every time I try to write something I am tricked not to write anything by the ubiquitous distractions, which coerce me to do something else e.g. make a cup of coffee, have a sandwich, browse a website, check my status on Facebook, chat up with a friend, text someone.
Solution: Remove all distractions, clean up your desktop, remove all unnecessary clutter, stick to the writing schedule, draw up a writing plan, stick to it and be consistent in what you do, find a writing buddy who will check on your progress.
5. Memory and concentration problems
Solution: Remember to have enough sleep, start writing early in the morning when your brain is in the writing mood; go for a walk; leave the writing place for a second, stand up and have a stretch, air your room
6. Dyslexic-like nature of writing inhibitions is favourable to inducing writing block.
If you have been self-diagnosed with dyslexia, don’t worry, there is an array of solutions. Meanwhile bear in mind the quick-fix medication provided below.
Solution: write in chunks, record all your ideas on your mobile phone, take notes wherever possible and then use them to write up your piece, have somebody to proofread your drafts.
7. Creativity problems or how to come about a new solution to scarcity of ideas in your writing.
Watch this inspirational video clip on the ingredients of creativity. More on creativity in future articles, I hope.
8. Exhaustion : after writing a short paragraph I feel as if I have ascended and descended Mount Everest at least twice.
People suffering from writing block and experiencing obstacles in writing discourage easily. After composing even a small piece of writing they feel as though they have accomplished an extraordinary thing and this brings about physical weariness. Things such as these may happen. Don’t worry – take a panoramic view of what you have in front of you and simply take a break.
9. Irresistible urge to edit and rewrite every sentence again and again… might be a sign that you are being a perfectionist. If you experience a writer’s block, take an easy approach on your writing.
Quick advice: start with simple sentences – at the beginning moderation in all things is the best attitude.
10. Reluctance to motivate oneself by inspirational writers’ words of wisdom.
Well, I have chosen only one writer’s words of wisdom and for the brevity of it I append it here.
“The only way to find out if you can write is to set aside a certain period of time every day and TRY … work every day and the pages will pile up.”
I hope this helps.
11. Last, but not least – do a lot of free voluntary reading
More on that in another article.