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Debunking the Myth of Writer's Block and Embracing Individuality

Every writer has had writer's block. There have been so many articles written on how to overcome it, and there will be many more. What if I told you writer's block is a myth? "Huh, but I've had writer's block before; it can't be a myth." That would probably be your response. Okay, so maybe writer's block or creative block is not a myth, but the fact that all writers are tortured souls due to this crippling condition might just be an exaggeration.

Webster’s Dictionary defines writer’s block as "a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece." The keyword is "psychological." And since each human has a unique mind, the cause and solution will never be the same. This is where the myth of writer's block begins to unravel. I decided to test this theory through a little experiment. Both my mother and I share a passion for writing. My mother has had the dream of becoming a writer since she was a little girl, while I only discovered my passion for writing later in life. We have different personalities - I'm a dreamer, and my mother is an artist. Yet, I've pursued the writing journey and found ways to overcome any creative block, while my mother remains stuck with writer's block.

The experiment aimed to show my mom how I found my creative inspiration. My method was simple: I sat outside in my garden, observing nature. If I saw something, like my cats trying to catch a dragonfly, I created a little narrative in my mind. For example, "The two warriors of the Claws and Paws clan hunt their prey, the mighty Water Dragon. To succeed is to save the clan and gain the treasure this dragon holds, the secrets of life." Then, I took pen and paper (it is scientifically proven that using pen and paper stimulates creativity) and wrote for two minutes. Before I knew it, 20 minutes had passed, and I had broken the curse of creative block. However, this method didn't work for my mom. The experiment highlighted a crucial point - because we are all so unique, getting advice from others on how to overcome this challenge will not always work for you. Writer's block is not a one-size-fits-all problem; it's deeply rooted in individual psychology.

This concept is explored in more detail in an article titled "The Psychology of Writer's Block and How to Overcome It." This article provides further credence to the idea that writer's block is a psychological phenomenon. It emphasizes that writer's block is only a myth by name. The cause and effect of this block are unique to each person and extend across different fields, not just writing. The key takeaway is that while we all experience creative blocks, there is no universal solution. The myth of writer's block arises from the misconception that all writers experience it in the same way. In reality, it is a deeply personal and unique challenge that each writer must overcome through their individual journey.

In conclusion, writer's block may not be an outright myth, but the idea that all writers suffer from it in the same manner is certainly a misconception. Understanding the psychological nature of this phenomenon and embracing our uniqueness is the first step toward overcoming it. So, the next time you find yourself struggling with writer's block, remember that your journey to conquer it will be as unique as your own creative voice.


Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Jaqueline Neves