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My Personal Experience With Writer’s Block

As a writer, one of the things I struggle with the most is ideas. Finding different subjects to write about that will interest my readers and get people wanting to come back to my blog. Yes, I have my book and video game reviews I write whenever I finish reading a book or play a video game long enough to grasp the basic gameplay and style. But those aren’t the only forms of writing I want on my blog. So I post poems and short fictional pieces whenever I haven’t finished a book or spent time playing video games. 

One of the biggest struggles a writer has to overcome on a daily basis is writer’s block. It’s where your trying to write, but you just can’t. No words come to you and your mind feels like a confusing puzzle you’re trying to solve. You want to write, but you just can’t. 

As a writer, I’ve had many experiences with writer’s block. I remember having many moments where I knew I wanted to write, but just couldn’t. I’d sit in my writing space with all the tools needed, but everything I tried to write was complete garbage. So I’d call it a day and come back to writing later. Sometimes that worked, sometimes it didn’t. 

When I experience writer’s block, I feel like my brain is overwhelmed with all these ideas, but I just can’t focus on which one I want to write about. Or sometimes, I literally have nothing to write about because I can’t focus on writing at all. Both these forms of writer’s block for me result in me not writing anything down, even though I know I want to write. 

There are many ways I overcome my own struggles with writer’s block. Sometimes, I make the decision to come back to writing later after getting a good night’s sleep or when I feel like I can write again. Sometimes, I decide to use writing prompts to get my mind focused on a topic to write about. And sometimes, I just think “screw it,” and try to write anyway. 

There is no one exact way for a writer to overcome writer’s block. What works for me isn’t going to work for everyone else just like what works for everyone else isn’t guaranteed to work for me. 

Writer’s block is a problem all writer’s experience at some point during their writing journey. There is no one solution for overcoming it just like there’s no guarantee you won’t experience writer’s block again. The best thing you can do as a writer is come up with your own plan for overcoming writer’s block when it decides to strike. And just maybe, you’ll be able to write once more. 

My Writing Space


Image via Pinterest’s Writing Spaces board.

Whenever I think of writing, I automatically think about my own writing space. Everyone who writes has their own place where their ideas flow in, a space where they can be alone with their creative thoughts. But every writer also has their own preferences for when they go to write, whether it be needing silence to get their thoughts down or listening to certain song lyrics. For each writer, doing these things allows them to write to the best of their ability. But not every writer does the same things.

Personally, I don’t really have my own writing space yet. This is because I’ve discovered I can write anywhere I go: in one of the comfy chairs at my old college’s library, my bed, on our living room couch, etc. Everywhere is susceptible for me to sit down and write. As long as I’m comfortable where I’m sitting, I can write.

But comfort isn’t the only thing I need in order to be in my own writing space. I also need to be in the right mental state of mind. For those who know me, I’m a really passionate person. This means I can be very emotional, which can be both good and bad when it comes to my writing. Sometimes, those emotions come out in a way I can safely write about them without a care in the world. However, they can also cripple my ability to write to where I just can’t do it, no matter how much I want to. I can sometimes use these emotions to write something good, but at the cost of feeling emotionally drained, not wanting to write anything more for a little while.

Whenever I really feel like writing, I’ll mentally feel the itch to write thoughts down. I’ll imagine myself at some location, either writing by hand or typing my thoughts out on my laptop. I’ll try and imagine what I’m writing about and make those words come to fruition. Whenever these itches occur, I try my best to write right afterwards because I know I’ll be able to do it. Otherwise, those words will fade from my mind into the dark.

While some people prefer silence in their writing space, I can write while listening to music AND write in silence. I don’t prefer one over the other because sometimes I can write and listen to music and sometimes I need silence to get my writing done. It all just depends on my state of mind and the environment around me which one I prefer at the time.

Every writer’s preferences are uniquely theirs. Every writer is unique in what they need to do in order to get their creative juices flowing.

The things I’ve mentioned above are what I need to be in my own writing space. The only thing really missing is just finding the right place for me to sit down and write. While this hasn’t been an issue for me just yet, I still hope one day I’ll have my own space. Because while being able to write anywhere I go is great, I still want my own little place to write. So the places I imagine myself writing will have to do until then.

What about you? Where do you go to write? And what do you need to be able to do to get your creative juices flowing?

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