Creation is an inherent gift that we all share, and writing is a beautiful way to share your gift with the world. The beautiful part is that you don’t have to be a trained writer to write something worth reading, you just need to be authentic. These simple insights will allow you to move through writer’s block with more ease and will grant you access to flow once again.
“As a writer I must begin, again and again, at that most terrifying of places, the blank page. And as a person of faith I am always beginning again and again with prayer.” – Kathleen Norris
Overcoming writer’s block entails tackling that inner voice that tells us we are not good enough to do what we want to do. Just for the record, you are good enough. That’s why you are here as you are–you are here today, with the desire (or need) to write, for no other reason than this is what you’re meant to be doing right now.
Whether you’re writing a research paper, a blog post, or a novel, chances are you’ve come across this phenomenon so fittingly named “writer’s block.”
The Hidden Identity of Writer’s Block
Behind every questioning moment of “what do I write now?” is a limiting thought. This limiting belief is blocking you from your own source of inspiration. What insecurities or doubts are you holding onto?
Here are some examples of the limiting beliefs that create writer’s block:
- I don’t know it all.
- I lack the credentials to write this.
- I don’t have a college degree in writing.
- Why would anyone listen to me?
- Is anyone even going to read this?
- Who am I to write this?
To quote Joseph Chilton Pearce: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Rather than placing your faith in doubt, instead place faith in yourself and the possibilities that have yet to manifest themselves through your writing.
Writing Tips for Beginners and Pros
Here are three simple writing tips for everyone, both beginners and seasoned writers alike. These basic truths will help guide you to an internal state of trust so that you can share your gift with the world.
In the spirit of sharing, the following content is inspired by the brilliant Marie Forleo, an inspirational source on topics such as creativity, productivity, health and well-being, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, spirituality, and technology.
1. Perceive writing as talking in text form.
Have you ever heard of “talker’s block?” Neither have I. When you stop viewing the written word as another language, you begin to realize that writing is not as difficult as it needs to be.
Try writing. Just writing. Talk as you write. You can and most likely will need to go back and make many changes later, but not until you’ve written the whole piece as effortlessly and natural as possible. The goal is to just start writing whatever comes to mind. Whatever you would naturally be saying is what you put down on paper (or on your screen).
Remember: The first draft is always a rough draft.
Once you’ve written something–anything–read aloud what you’ve written so you can hear the personality and flow of the words. This will help to spot any sentences and typos that call–without judgment–for adjustment.
2. Use the “LSC Method.”
You don’t have to know it all to create something worth sharing. In fact, you can usually share something someone else created as long as you give proper credit.
LSC stands for Learn, Share, Credit:
- LEARN. Go to seminars, read books and tutorials, take classes, watch videos. Keep learning and growing.
- SHARE. Share what you learn along the way. I’m practicing this concept right now. I’m sharing Marie’s writing tips for writer’s block.
- CREDIT. Give proper credit where it is due. You can share research findings, statistics, great ideas and knowledge that you learned somewhere else. Just cite your sources.
The people we trust are honest, share ideas that matter, give us research when it matters, and they cite their resources. Originality is wonderful, but authenticity is crucial.
3. Change your perspective.
If you’re doubting your ability to write something, remember that you’re also harboring a gift that you are meant to share. Let it work through you, and consider this rebuttal question to your doubt: “Who am I not to write this?”
Read this affirmation to help you shift your perspective and move beyond the mindset that’s making you feel stuck.
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Do you have any simple writing tips to share that help you? How do you work through writer’s block? Please share your thoughts, ideas, lessons, and experiences with me in the comments section.
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Drop your fear of being wrong, and pick up love instead.