What To Do When You Can’t Write?

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Would you believe that even great writers experience mental blocks? Yes, they do. The truth is, there are times that these writers find themselves in a pressured situation of creating something with their unstable mental and emotional condition. With all the stress and anxiety that come with the whole unfortunate scenario, most of them end up into writing nothing.

“Some of the clients I see come to me because of problems related to the creative process. Sometimes they call it writer’s block. Sometimes they say, “I have the idea but it won’t come out onto the canvas.” We work together to determine the underlying causes of distress, often by setting aside the identified problems themselves and looking at their underpinnings.” – Sarah Swenson, LMHC.

So if you are also having the same problem, do not fret because you are not alone. Below are the everyday situations that perhaps stop you from moving forward in writing and the things you can do to address it.

Mental Block (Lack Of Enthusiasm)

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Having a mental block is common for writers. Honestly, it is not something that they should worry severely. However, there is a type of mental block that seems to be dangerous for some. It is a little different from what most writers experience because it tends to fizzle out ideas. The truth is, writers are not mentally blocked because they can still think about what they want to write. The problem here is a lack of enthusiasm. The particular attitude caters to writers’ motivation and will to create.

There are two things that writers can do to address the situation. First, they have to listen to their critical voice. If they feel like their writings will never be good enough, they must recognize why they started working on it in the first place. Honestly, it is as simple as providing one’s self reasons as to why they do the things they do. Another one is writing anything. It does not have to be specific or detailed. As long it potentially creates a relation to what is currently hanging at the moment, it will be fine. You see, writing does not intentionally follow a path. But not unless the writers want it to be unique and engaging, then it is another side of the picture.

Exhaustion (Working Without Resting)


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Another thing that keeps writers away from writing is rest. Yes, that is correct. When these individuals feel motivated into finishing their art, most of them forget the value of rest. They don’t sleep and sometimes do not take a break. The problem with this habit is different, though. That is because not only it affects the mental function of writers, it also damages the physical state as well.

“You probably don’t have any trouble recognizing when you’re physically exhausted. Your limbs might feel heavy, your eyes droopy, your energy zapped. But knowing when you’re mentally exhausted can be trickier,” says Megan MacCutcheon, LPC. “It’s easy to get so busy juggling everything you have on your plates that you fail to recognize when you’re headed toward mental exhaustion or burnout.”

The way to eliminate the problem here is for writers to find the moment to take some rest. Those jobs won’t go anywhere, and it will entirely stay the same tomorrow. Therefore, pausing from stressful writing gives you time to regenerate. It allows both the mind and body to gather all the necessary strength that will be useful in dealing with the situation right after a significant interval.

According to Julia Hogan, LCPC, “The perfect sleeper avoids screen time before bed; journals and decompresses before crawling under crisp, clean sheets; and falls asleep in about seven minutes for a good seven to nine hours each night. In reality, most of us don’t check all those boxes before bed. Life has a sneaky way of making it difficult to consistently get quality sleep each night.”

Controlling a mental blockage is impossible. However, managing it is comfortable with these helpful ideas. Most writers used it over and over because it promises to build a better writing experience. Try doing it now and see the results.