Myth about “writer’s block”
The term “writer’s block” is at best a combination of various reasons that complicate the letter (mind you: make it difficult, not impossible!). In the worst case, the term suggests the existence of a hurdle that, the more the unfortunate writer will think about it, becomes more and more an incontrovertible reality.
Anyone who wants to write, write or write a text should not be intimidated by the term writer’s block; on closer inspection, such a phenomenon does not exist – unless one constructs it. Nobody stands between you and your text. No one blocks their thoughts, their creativity, their will to express themselves.
However, there may be reasons why a text is not – or not – written as it should. First and foremost, this includes the current state of being: those who have stress, are tired, who have a thousand other things in their heads will find it hard to concentrate on writing. Ignorance of the topic is also one of those reasons, as well as an aversion to writing or the fear of overawing or not being sufficiently creative.
Recognize the causes
Regardless of whether one accepts the term writer’s block or not, it can happen that even with the best of intentions no text can be put on paper or screen.
Anyone who considers his individual reasons for not writing has already taken the first step towards a solution. Nobody starts as a perfect author. And no one who demands a simple text from you can expect an outstanding literary achievement.
Approach the topic with curiosity and care – you may discover entirely new aspects that make it easier to get started. If it is a factual text, it starts with its function: What should the text achieve, which group of readers should be addressed, informed, instructed or convinced?
For a creative or thematically free text, on the other hand, it depends above all on the right mood, which should be transferred from the author to the readers.
From talking to writing
Scripture, like the spoken word, is an expression of language. Texts surround us in many forms; partly informative, partly promotional, partly playful and creatively stimulating.
When creating an artistic text, all kinds of inspiration, all methods of reflection and all creative techniques can be used. If it is a matter-of-fact or scientific text, writing is directed to the need to reason and present the subject in a meaningful way. Often it helps to divide the text into smaller units that are easier to design and write.
If you find writing extremely difficult, you may be able to choose the detour via speaking – talk about the topic, make keywords or plan a short presentation in writing. The next step is then to remove the colloquial elements – ie those that are rather uncommon in texts – or to replace them with an upscale style.
Other types of support include visualization techniques such as mind maps, which help to gain clarity on which topics need to be addressed and how they are related. The ways to the text are manifold. And if some of these paths are blocked by “writer’s blocks,” there are so many ways to get around them. Maybe there is a secret path, which brings us the reading of another text?
Perhaps the walls can be overcome by an effort, if only concentrated for a few hours and isolated from the distractions of the ubiquitous media and communication possibilities? Perhaps – and that is the best solution – these walls can also be torn down.
Every new text is a breakthrough. And the learning effect means that the walls and blocks in the next text are at least a little lower. Where there is a will is also a way – to the text.
Tips against writer’s block
Kerstin Hoffmann has put together a whole series of interesting articles in her blog parade against the writer’s block, which deal with writer’s blocks and possible strategies to solve them again.