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Writer's Block!

The subject for this month is the dreaded Writer's Block -- a non-medical condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author is either unable to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.

Writer's block has various degrees of severity, from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce work for years. This condition is not solely measured by time passing without writing, it is measured by time passing without productivity in the task at hand. Writer's block has been an acknowledged problem throughout recorded history.

However, not until 1947 was the term writer's block coined by the Austrian psychiatrist Edmund Bergler. All types of writers, including full-time professionals, academics, workers of creative projects, and those trying to finish written assignments, can experience writer's block. The condition has many causes, some that are even unrelated to writing. The majority of writer's block researchers agree that most causes of writer's block have an affective/physiological, motivational, and cognitive component.

Studies have found effective coping strategies to deal with writer's block. These strategies to remove the anxiety about writing range from ideas such as free writing and brainstorming to talking to a professional. (Wikipedia).

We have all experienced Writer's Bock. Thankfully, this is another life experience that we do not have to 'reinvent the wheel' in order to overcome this greatest (and all too common) writer's affliction. Here are some on-line resources to help in dealing with Writer's Block:

Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block

How to Overcome Writer’s Block With Step-by-Step Guide and Writing Exercises

Writer’s Block: Exploring the Cause and the Cure

How to Cure Writer’s Block: 23 Proven Ideas that Actually Work

What is Writer’s Block? A Guide to the Writer’s Worst Nightmare

10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

For me, daydreaming while listing to medieval and baroque music and typing random thoughts was effective when mind-blank writer's block would be making itself felt.

Jim Cox
Midwest Book Review

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
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