Writer's Block
Published 5 years ago
Or why it's 5 in the morning and I need to wake up in 3 hours
"I only write when I'm inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning." Someone once said that William Faulkner once said that. And the meaning behind that, for those who write very often is mostly obvious. But for those struggling to start any piece, here's the trick: just write it down! As terrible as it may seem, the white page is not your enemy, it's your canvas to put it down anything you want. Sure, it will not be easy to compose something you perceive as good, or related to the work you have to deliver, but every bad phrase you write makes you closer to writting the one you'll see as good.
The mind of a writer tends to be pure chaos until he touches the pen on the paper and I see that many people have this problem (I was like that); starting writing is the hardest part of the process. You have all the ideas, sometimes even a good plan for how to implement them, but whem it comes to face the white page, you freeze. So many doubts now, the fear of producing something terrible, the fear of being remembered as the one who write something terrible, all this comes to mind. To fight those fears, there's only two things you need to do, the first being acceptance to the fact that anything you start doing will probably be terrible, that is the reality for all things with every person in the world. Whenever someone start doing something new, this new thing will start terrible and eventually, with time, training, patience and mastery, the "thing" will become amazing. Mankind first play with engineering was a very crude wheel, now we're placing robots on mars. So yeah, lose your fears, they're only slowing you down on this. Now, the second thing you need to do is even simplier: just start writing, right now! Go on, if you having problems to start, do not delay yourself anymore, don't even finish this reading, just start writing right now, I'll wait for you.
Now that you start writing, comes another challenge, the one that haunts me every day; how to keep up? Right now, I'm working on five tales that have nothing in common with each other and every single one of them is full of details that must be filled and delivered on time. It's pretty easy to get lost on all this, so much that I did got lost (hence, here we are at now 5:10 in the morning) and I have some experience on this. For those starting, to lose your tempo even with just one work is common.  The main villain behind that tends to be the writer's block. You are now focused on the work, you lost all those fears, but suddenly, no idea comes up, not even the bad ones. Now, everyone have different ways to deal with it, with the exception of one thing that is of extreme importance; routine. Make yourself one and follow it as best as you can. The more you stay in routine writing , the less writer's block will show up. Besides routine, one of the things that helps me is to focus on other works, or sometimes putting the work aside completely to relax a little (beware though, that the line between relaxing and procrastination is thin and barely visible) so when a come back, I'm 100% focused.
It's on you what trick, tied with routine, you will use to defeat writer's block. As long as it is healthy for you and quick, anything goes. Keep in mind that the best writers aren't the ones who wrote one masterpiece, but the ones who wrote so much that they became masters.
-Eduardo "Garland" Mello, Lead Writer @ Young Mind Studio
Pedro Dalcin