For people in the creative business like writers, the one part of it is sometimes coming up with something new to do. Another composition. Another blog article. Another story.
But, sometimes it’s to just keep going–keep writing that book, keep updating that blog. You spend more time working on one idea than inventing new ones. And sometimes comes the terrible plague:
Exactly what you DON’T need.
Writer’s block often festers in the absence of creativity and, I’ve noticed, in perfectionism.
What I mean is this: if you take extended periods of time off, not writing, not developing your creative skills, that’s called the absence of creativity. The longer you take off writing, (for whatever cause) the harder it is to get back in and pick up on those ideas that you left off with.
How do you fix this?
Then here’s where perfectionism comes in: If we aren’t completely, 100% inspired about whatever we’re writing, we don’t want to write at all. “It’s not good enough!” we think.
And that is fatal. The point isn’t to create something perfect, it’s to get back into the pattern of writing.
So here is my advice on combating writer’s block: write. Even if you’re uninspired. And remember….