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I experienced something like writer’s block when I first started writing. I think it was the fear of having my writing critiqued by my peers in workshops that gave me the feeling that I couldn’t write anything worthy. Writing "terror” might have been a better word for how I felt.
I generally don’t experience writer’s block now.
I still get stuck on a story or a plot point, but I wouldn’t call that writer’s block.
Getting stuck is part of writing. It’s not all going to come easy.
Over the years, I’ve come to accept periods when I’m not writing as part of my process instead of beating myself up for it and calling it writer’s block.
Sometimes doing things other than writing is productive such as living, working, research, and most importantly thinking and observing.
I recently wrote a story I had been thinking about for a couple of months. And then one day I just wrote the whole thing in one sitting. If I was focused on not writing the story, I'm not certain that the draft, when it eventually came, would have come as easily as it did. Of course I have to revise the draft. It didn't come out polished but allowing the story to percolate enabled the draft to come when it did. Instead of worrying about not writing it, I allowed myself to think about it for as long as I needed to.
If you are able to, try and accept that writing doesn't always mean pen to paper or hands on keyboard. However there may still be times when you feel blocked or experience some kind of writing terror, so here are a few tips to get back on track:
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