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“Writer’s Block”? Get Over It.

Contrary to popular opinion, writer’s block isn’t some unbeatable and tragic issue. All of the contributing factors can be remedied with properly scheduled time and consistent effort to produce content.

Creativity does not come easily and in abundance. It takes time and thought to write something that is not just sufficient, but has value and significance to both yourself and your targeted audience. Creating something that is tailored to only one of those two groups will have no emotional affect on anyone. Why write if you can’t inspire? Being busy is inevitable for everyone but allowing creation to be postponed is not how to become a writer. You must meet deadlines and collaborate with others to succeed. It is unacceptable to equate poor or no writing to writer’s block. Of course, scheduling is not easy or fun. However, you must allot time for thought processing, not just physical writing. A plot, descriptions of characters or people, word choice, structure, and other necessary points of writing are all multi-faceted and require attention to detail in order to be believable or understandable. You can always find time for the things that you love. If you can’t, you clearly have different values than you suspected initially. Procrastinating will not change that.

When you have made time, it can then be difficult to utilize it. Sometimes it’s best to just combine, recycle, destroy, or wait on work if you feel that your writing is disconnected or underdeveloped. There are many different facets of productivity that sometimes go unnoticed by writers. Creating outlines, goals, or trying to write in the style of stream of consciousness can really help with fixating on a certain idea. Another option is to share your work with friends, teachers, or collaborators. Accepting help and improving your work can be difficult when you feel that you have something to independently prove. It can be extremely resourceful to get another pair of eyes to show you the holes in your work that you didn’t know you were missing. Writing can be about absolutely anything and it doesn’t have to be spectacular every single time you set pencil down to paper. Finding inspiration can be easy through immersing yourself in other art platforms like music, dance, or acting. It can also be seen in unlikely places. As long as you are ready and willing to be inspired, inspiration will come to you.

Writing is very subjective, which means it will be analyzed and critiqued frequently and honestly. Keep in mind that, as a writer, it is encouraged to take commentary positively by making revisions to evaluating your weaknesses and strengths. However easy and seemingly evident it may be, it is not right to nitpick your pieces until they are non-existent, simply because one person had a negative response. The saying is true: you are your own worst critic. The only reason people do make suggestions is to advance work and the pursuit of truth. There is nothing satisfying or relaxing about giving up something you love to do. It marks a purposeful loss of advancing as a creator and human being. You will never be happy that you didn’t attempt to make progress with your art. As long as you are genuine and thoughtful, there will always be an audience that will like your own work, usually more than you do. Take pride in your work and never forget who benefits from your writing.

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Written by Kenna Howorth

Kenna Howorth is an aspiring journalist and linguist who never stops fighting for equality. When she's not writing for GLUE, you can find her reading Shakespeare, acting and singing in her school theatre department, and editing her school newspaper.

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