Writer’s Block: What It Really Is

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Writer’s block, artist’s block, creative block — you’ve been there. It’s when your work derails on the tracks of innovation, careening uncontrollably toward oblivion, in danger of coming to an ordinary completion.

Or is it? Is it the end of invention or the beginning of the best thing you’ve ever produced? Your work is not ordinary. It’s thorough and original. You’re in it for you, for your own joy and satisfaction, for the self-realization and self-actualization. You’re in it to make the Big Statement. Right? Don’t settle. Don’t even be tempted to settle.

Do not settle! Your writer’s block, artist’s block, creative block is all about powering through. It’s about searching for the perfect word, the precise composition, the heart of your project. You’re connecting to the soul of it. You’re striving to express those elusive ideas, thoughts, and emotions that are subtle, vague, indefinable, mysterious, and hidden. Of course it’s difficult! Your creative block is all about you performing the hard labor to get to the core of it, no matter how long it takes you to get there or where you find it. The creative block is all about you becoming the master of your masterpiece.

So you see, sometimes the problem isn’t a problem at all. Sometimes you just need to reframe it.

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