Writing Through Writers Block

Writing about how writing through writers block is all good and well when the tank is full and the brain is buzzing—enter writers block, and writing is impossible. None of the ideas take root for longer than a sentence, and every sentence looks flat and colorless. Grinding out one sentence after the next feels like punishment for a crime you didn’t want to commit, and the longer you spend laboring over words, the less you can think of to say. It’s a vicious cycle.

Most good writers say that the best way to break writers block is to write through it. I’ve said it myself, on days when I wasn’t experiencing the dread sensation. But days like today, it’s difficult to take that advice. Terribly difficult. It feels like every word on the page is awful. And it doesn’t make sense, and the jokes aren’t funny, and the witty insights that are usually so good just sound like I tried too hard.

But, even though writing through writers block is so hard, and so awful, there is good news. It doesn’t last forever. And you can always edit.

Because maybe tomorrow, when your brain isn’t slogging under the weight of ill-clarity, and you look at your work again, you’ll see that it wasn’t as terribly awful as you thought, and without that word that’s clogging things up over there, and that other phrase that’s in the way there, it could be really not too bad, maybe might even be good!

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