However in my own personal experience of teaching creative writing I never came across anyone who wasn’t able to get something down on the page when I set some writing exercises. If you would like to try the exercises that I found worked wonders with ‘the block’ you will find them here.
Still, doing exercises in a creative writing class is not the same as sitting alone in front of your screen or notebook – with only your unwritten words for company. So what causes writer’s block?
Fear is one of the more common causes. Here is a short list of the fears writer’s often experience.
Fear of failure.
Fear of what my family will think.
Fear of what the critics will think.
Fear that the writing won’t be good enough.
Fear of success.
CONQUERING FEAR – 3 STEPS
1. IDENTIFY YOUR FEAR
This is very personal and best done alone and in writing. Only you know the answer to this and it is important to be truthful – with yourself.
2. MITIGATE YOUR FEAR
If have identified a tangible fear, say for example, you fear your family’s angry reaction. Then think about how you can mitigate this. You may decide that you and only you live your life and you will live it how you choose. Or you might decide that nothing you write will hurt them. The important thing here is to have thought about your fear carefully.
3. WRITE DESPITE THE FEAR
Writers often find that even just writing their fears down can break them. Remind yourself that you can always write whatever you want and it is always up to you who, if anyone, sees it!
WHAT’S MY MOTIVATION?
Some times we just feel unmotivated. We feel like we need something, anything – to just give us that kick-start we need. If motivation is your problem I recommend you try these motivation exercises – they always work for me!
Best of luck with your writing.