Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Writer’s Block (Part 3 of 16)

I've spoken with others about their struggles with writer's block, especially after they've been able to move on. Sometimes the best cure is to relax and not write. They're under stress and being under stress means feelings of anxiety and perhaps fear.

I write books and that's how I make my living. I've learned that I can hit the pedal and hold it on top speed for several months. But I also know that I can't sustain that indefinitely—and I don't want to try. In 2010, for example, I produced six books and had them done before the beginning of November. I stopped working and scheduled almost no speaking engagements until February. That may seem like a long time, but I felt emotionally depleted and wanted to rethink what I was doing and where I wanted to go. That is, I avoided writer's block by pushing it aside for a period so I could read, think, and look at life with renewed vision.

The cure for stress is to stop.
One way to stop writer's block is to see it as stress—
and stop.

2 comments:

  1. Your advice reminds me of the old Bob Newhart skit, in which he's a counselor, and his whole therapeutic schtick is to lean across the desk and shout, "Stop it!" That's not a bad point, sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing, Cec. Always good advice.

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  2. Love how you put this. It makes good sense. Thank you, as always.

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