Every time a writer contacts me, I feel an extra excitement. And when a writer wants to work on their writer’s block, I feel even more excited. I assume I really like working with creative people who are good with words.
How do you know you have a writer’s block?
When you intend to write, you find yourself with endless other things that you have to do first, telling yourself that tomorrow or next week or next month is better, or even worse, telling yourself that the piece you intend to write nobody would be interested in. You may even recognize these excuses for what they are.
Alternatively, you set aside a time to write, but you stare at the screen or your page; you can’t find any words to write. No matter how hard you attempt to put words down, you notice your mind just runs in distractive directions. Minutes turn into hours, but few words or sentences get recorded. Your “creative power” has become paralyzed.
It’s like the more you try to break through your block, the more helpless you become. You feel more frustrated thinking about your writing than excited. You may be visited by this writer’s biggest fear: The Writer’s Block.
What Can Cause the Writer’s Block?
I’ve worked with a lot of writers, in the genres of screenplays, poetry, memoir, science fiction, fiction, blogs, and self-help. Delays in writing can be due to physical issues such as pain, or practical reasons such as a very busy schedule. Writer’s block is rarely a truly technical issue such as lack of writing skills. It’s when you feel like you can’t tap into your creativity to get words onto the page or screen – and that is because you block them in some ways. In my experience working with writers, such blockages can be:
- Perfectionism – They cannot move on as what they have already written is not “perfect” yet. Or worse, they cannot even start as they haven’t got it perfect in their head yet.
- Caring too much about what others think – Many writers haven’t even shown what they have written to other people. The mind loves projecting self-judgment onto other people and get scared at the horror of others’ non-acceptance of their work. Fear is the major reason some writers never become writers.
- ADHD tendency –the mind can be preoccupied by many other things. This in itself can be treated.
- Low Self-esteem – or you can all that fear of failure. Some people may have a habit of hiding behind this feeling. They may simply call themselves shy, if not wallowing in self-pity.
- Unproductive habits – Sometimes we get stuck finding just the right word and forget to just move on, or get stuck editing before the first draft is even done.
- Get Ahead of the Project – Writing takes one page at a time. It’s not that we can’t write chapter 12 before we write chapter 5. Sometimes, it makes more intuitive sense to do it that way. It’s just that some people use the difficulty in chapter 12 to stop themselves from writing chapter 5.
- Past defined failure – Even though the heart wants to write, the mind associates writing with pain, which stops the flow of writing.
- Fear of success – Maybe they’d lose family or friends’ affections when they are much more successful than them.
- Wait till they feel “Inspired” – the wait can last forever, or you can do what Anne Frank said, sometimes all you need to do is get all kinds of things off your chest.
The mind is a very creative place. We do create all sorts of barriers and obstacles for ourselves – creatively. So, the potential list of reasons a person can’t write can go on and on endlessly.
I meet you where you are.
We will explore the timing. Do you need to stew the idea a little longer or is it time to write them down?
Don’t worry. I will stop you overthinking. It doesn’t need to be eloquent or presentable, and it doesn’t have to be good; it just needs to be written. How do we unblock ideas? A lot of times, the solutions from those writer’s own subconscious mind could be more or less summarized “to start writing about Writer’s Block”.
You write therefore call yourself a writer. You don’t have to wait until a book is published to call yourself a writer. When the writer’s identity is solidified in your mind and becomes unshakable, it is easier to start writing from anywhere. Creativity is a flow, so as long as the flow goes, it really doesn’t matter where we start. We can only write about what’s here and now in our awareness. With a general intention, we can always find our ways to guide, channel, and redirect the flow, to where the flow of the story is meant to go.
My own book, Carol’s Lives, came into its manifestation that way. I wrote in the preface, as I was speaking with my friend Orlea:
“Alright,” I conceded. “May I mention your name in the book? I think I will know how to write the book if I start writing about our conversations. I trust the rest will always come if I simply start it.”
That was exactly what happened. December 2020, I published the book that I didn’t know I could write but I simply started with my conversation with my friend Orlea about writing the book in the summer of 2015.
Hypnotherapy can reduce your stress and anxiety symptoms – it’s an integral part of hypnosis treatment. You will first start feeling more relaxed about your condition and the way that it is affecting you. Then you can start to objectively focus on a potential solution.
We will then identify and reduce the negative emotions and traits, so we will re-establish your creative zone.
Being a hypnotherapist, I consider myself very creative. There is only one creativity, which can be manifested into many forms, like visual and auditory arts, and arts with words. I understand creativity and that flow, which is always there but can be below the surface in your unconscious mind. Writing is not just the conscious mind’s job. No matter how much the conscious mind can function, it can struggle to work by itself, because it lacks the creative juice that your subconscious mind has.
Access to the content below the surface can be obstructed in our day-to-day busy life, but in a relaxed hypnotic state, you can sense, feel, know and see that flow. When you learn self-hypnosis, you can bring that flow to you every time you write.
Utilization is how I therapeutically allow my flow of creativity to come through me. Every session is different. You as a writer bring with you all the ingredients – your desires and dreams, your aspirations and challenges, and I creatively turn them into a delicious meal – our session together—so you will feel re-energized, inspired, invigorated, and motivated. That is right. You will write.
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