I once thought that writer‘s block was something that just happened, something spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet for years and years, I have never experienced more than occasional lack of inspiration until the last few years. I wasn’t even sure it really existed. I believed that I was either inspired or I wasn’t and I followed that instinct. I still worked hard of course to improve my writing but I allowed myself to follow ideas and for a long while I didn’t mind the hard work of the 9-5 shifts to bring in the money while I did it. Of course, some things did irk me, that always happens in daily life, but I was writing as well and I was happy.
Then something changed. I found my day-to-day life more restricted. If I had an idea at work I usually let it take hold, jotted it down and then took it home to work on. I still had and owned my ideas.
At some point this became impossible during the day. I no longer seemed to have time or even physical opportunity to allow the ideas to expand. I worried that I wasn’t writing as much as I used to and I became rushed and tired and felt suffocated and, of course, my health began to suffer.
It occurs to me that writing has always been more of an urge with me. It’s something that builds up and takes hold like a pressure valve. It’s my theory that in many writers, we experience this block when we are too restricted. Maybe it’s a wanderer thing, the imagination longs to roam, longs to explore and be free. It navigates the world and writing unconsciously steers this to a direction. When we turn our writing into other things we forget that it may have another purpose too.
So if you get stuck, don’t despair you may just have a blockage in the creative pipeline, from being too restricted. It will unblock eventually and you’ll learn something for the future. The main thing is that we need to allow our mind a little freedom while keeping hold of our dreams, our life and our work ethic.
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