By: Joshua S. Proud
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, writer’s block is “a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece.”
Basically, this is a time when your brain feels absent. It could feel as if there are no words left to say. It might feel like language never existed, and there are just simply no words at all.
This is a phenomenon that writer’s and non-writer’s both have, or will have, encountered in their lifetime. It sucks, but it’s normal. Luckily there are ways to cope with this brain-melting condition.
Timing has a lot to do with it. Ideas will flow at the right time. Writing regularly can make the human ability to produce creative content nonexistent. This is an excellent time to rest the brain; let the ideas arise at the right time.
However, do not take writer’s block as an excuse not to work. Some of the best artists experienced this and then searched for inspiration. The best thing about art and literature and writing is that it is all around us and inspiration can be found at any corner.
Beyoncé once said that she that she needed to take a moment to sit back and just observe. This was the process she used when she lost her brilliance. If it weren’t for Beyoncé relaxing her creative mind, we would have never been blessed with her 2011 album 4. If one of the most talented and influential artists of our time needed to look for inspiration, then chances are anyone will. Let’s face it: we are not Beyoncé, and we never will be.
As a recap, we, as young student writers, need to rest our brains and remember to not push content. Look for inspiration around you. Google is at our fingertips like no other generation experienced, so let’s use our resources and slay. It is essential to remember taking care of our whole entire selves will impact our writing performance. Drink water! Eat healthily. It’s all about balance. Sleep cleans our brains, so sleep when it is needed. Exercise from time to time, seriously we only have one body. Take care of it, and the rest will fall into place.
Next time you experience writer’s block, make a change in your life. Every action has a reaction. You may be surprised by what the outcome will be.