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April 2020
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The Writer’s Dilemma

Over the last 23 days I have written one story per day and published it on my 365 Stories in a Year blog. When I began this project, I knew it wouldn’t be easy to keep this commitment to write and create every day. When most people comment on this project it’s to say, “I wouldn’t have enough ideas to run for six days, much less 365.”

You’ll find plenty of sites that purport to give you story ideas. Many of these are long lists of phrases that may or may not work for any given individual writer. When I started this project, I decided to never use one of these artificial methods, particularly because I teach that writer’s block, the cause of this incessant search for ideas, does not exist.

Plenty of writers will argue with this, especially those who think they are experiencing it. Here are the facts: For 23 days, I have sat down at the computer, usually with no idea what I would write, and on each of those 23 days I have completed a story of between 300 and 1500 words.

So what’s the difference between blocked writers and unblocked writers?

It’s simple. The blocked writers are censoring themselves. When they sit down at the computer to write, they are thinking about what to write about. Thinking is not writing. In most cases an idea will surface, only to be rejected. After a while, the ideas will cease to come, the writer will say, “I’m blocked,” and quit for the day, hoping for better results tomorrow, when the block may be gone.

On the other hand, the unblocked writers sit down at the computer to write. They turn off the censor because they have only so long to create that story and because it must get written. Each day, when I first faced that blank screen on the computer, I have paid attention to what my mind is sending up. There are plenty of ideas, more than I could write in a week, arriving every second. The unblocked writer has either already chosen an idea or grabs one of the first that the mind sends up.

They key is to not censor yourself. Write the idea as a title. Then start writing the story, even if the idea is unformed, even if you have no real idea where it is going. The act of putting words on paper is the act of breaking writers block. If you spend three days looking at artificial ideas before you choose one, you will still have to type that idea on the screen and write the story.

This is not revolutionary. This is what professional writers do every day of their writing life. Writers write. They don’t spend days thinking, they spend days writing. They may toss parts of what they write but at least then they know that idea does not work.

It’s scary to put words on paper then start to write. We are trained to believe that writing must be controlled, that the idea must be good and well thought out. That is an intellectual pursuit, not a creative one. The creative process listens to the subconscious mind and accepts the output. The intellectual process hears the unconscious mind and rejects its output as worthless.

The best stories are the ones you record from your creative mind, not the ones you laboriously construct with your intellectual mind.

Break your blocks today. Allow the ideas to flow and grab one of them, any of them, write it down, then get on with writing your story, blog post, book chapter, novel chapter, whatever project you are working on. You will be amazed at how much writing you get done.

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