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You’ll find that most writers have an opinion about what is the root cause of writer’s block.   Some insist that there’s no such thing, an opinion that’s especially believable if  you’ve never actually experienced it yourself.  It’s worth thinking about – is writer’s block real or just a figment you’ve invented to explain your lack of productivity.

So whether it exists or not, all of us probably have experienced something pretty similar so how do overcome writer’s block?  Well it’s important to keep your lack of writing in proportion, don’t make too much of a big deal about it.  The reality is that people generally don’t have a problem writing something but more with writing something worth reading.  If your over criticial of your efforts you’ll find it difficult to write under any circumstances.

If you do tend to be critical try having a different persepective on your writing.  Instead of an art form think perhaps as a job, a task to complete.  After all if you’re a writer that’s all it is – putting down some words onto a page.  Writing is a task just like any other, try and keep that in perspective.

It’s important to keep to deadlines and of course to set them in the first place.  However if you are struggling to put down those words then forcing yourself ain’t gonna help.  Try and do something else, my favorite light relief is to fire up my laptop and watch something from the BBC Iplayer library.  If you are outside the UK you may need the help of this page – How to use a UK Proxy to watch the BBC Iplayer.  The idea is to do something to take your mind off the writing.

For something a little less high brow but with some quality can I suggest Netflix, although it tends to have less of the really recent stuff, there’s lots of quality there. You do need to switch your account to the American version if possible though as it has most of the other versions and more –

On YouTube – American Netflix.
It’s also a good idea to have multiple projects in the go, so that if one gets hard going you can switch – this usually makes a big difference.