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No such thing as writer’s block

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A few weeks ago, I was fervently writing two short stories for uni. Well, I was attempting to write. I had a couple of ideas in terms of topics but I just couldn’t get the words down. I blamed writer’s block. One of the guys in my class later told me there is no such thing as writer’s block. And I know he’s right.

It wasn’t writer’s block that made it difficult for me to write. It was self-doubt.

Even though I had a rough idea of the stories, they just didn’t seem good enough. Eventually, when I wrote, I felt I hadn’t executed it well enough. The self-doubt and negativity tore through me. I finally finished it but thought it was a half-arsed job. Of course, as part of uni, I had to share my drafts with my classmates to get constructive feedback. And the feedback surprised me.

There were changes to make but most people liked my ideas and my story and thought the execution worked except for certain sections. They gave me ideas to tweak those sections and I finally handed in my assignment yesterday. I still think other people write better than me but in the end, my stories have my voice. And that’s something important to remember when self-doubt strikes.

When you are stuck while writing, here’s some things to remember:

  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead, compare yourself to your past writing. You will grow that way. The former will only hinder that growth.
  • You have your unique voice. While stories have a certain formula, remember you are adding your unique voice to that formula.

  • Be courageous. Show your work to those who can be constructive. Let them tell you what works and what doesn’t.

  • You learn from your mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to be imperfect. You learn from it all.

  • Just write. Keep writing. Don’t edit. Don’t worry about formatting. Don’t worry about tense. You can work on all that later.

  • Believe in yourself. Replace the self-doubt with self-belief. You wouldn’t have a blog or be in a creative writing course if you couldn’t write. So there.

Like I said before, we all have a story in us. We just need help in getting it out.

Do you think there is such a thing as writer’s block? Or is it something we do to ourselves?

Do share!

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Shailaja
    29 May 2015 at 12:50 am

    So glad to hear that you’ve submitted it and delighted at the feedback you’ve got too! Yes, no such thing as writer’s block, I agree. Lack of time, self doubt, lack of interest- these exist. Such a thrill to overcome all and write, isn’t it? Way to go πŸ™‚
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    29 May 2015 at 4:48 am

    Congratulations on giving the paper on time and with good results too. I also tackled a similar thought on my post today. I am a firm believer that writer’s block does not exist. We might not like what we are writing but that does not mean we should not write.
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  • Pinky Poinker
    29 May 2015 at 7:12 am

    I’m at the final 6000 words of my first draft and the most exciting part but I’m stuck. You just nailed why I can’t do it. Self doubt.
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    29 May 2015 at 7:45 am

    Excellent advice! Do you ever share fiction here?
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 May 2015 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Amy…I tend to write more poetry than stories here. They’re all under the Creative Creations category. ☺️

  • Vinitha
    29 May 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I used to hide behind writer’s block sometimes. But I know that’s just a word and has nothing to do with my ability to write or not. Maybe it is self doubt as you explained. Because well, there are always ideas waiting to be written.
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  • Grace
    29 May 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Ah, my ol’ friend self-doubt! I know exactly what you’re talking about Sanch. I think of all the times when I was comparing myself to others when I could’ve spent my emotional energy more wisely on just working on getting the words out and on paper. Would love to see you post your short stories here on the blog one day! πŸ™‚
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  • Harini
    29 May 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Unfortunately I still have the habit of comparing. I should stop doing that. As you said no two people can write alike, everyone has their own voice. Great advice Sanch πŸ™‚

  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    29 May 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I find if I can just trust myself and start writing that the ‘block’ soon clears. Great advice. #FYBF
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    29 May 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I always find the start the hardest. Well done for getting it done! One word in front of the other.
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  • Lata Sunil
    29 May 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you Sanch for these great tips. I do this so many times. I write a story and then I dont submit it to the contests. I always feel, someone else had really put in a good take and I shouldnt bother. Good points. I need a critique now.

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