“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
I was once one of those people who believed that writer’s block exists. I told myself this lie for years thinking it’s normal to be blocked. But I’ve never told myself that I have talker’s block because it doesn’t exist.
Writer’s block is another way of saying I’m lazy and I don’t want to write. Being blocked means you don’t want to write the same way you tell your friends when they asked you about something you’re not comfortable with, then you keep mute. You’re not blocked from talking, are you? You just don’t want to talk.
The same is true for writing. As long as you can still talk, write. As long as the phone rings and you answer the call, write. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfect or not. Most of our talks aren’t perfect either. There are many hmm’s, huh’s, haa’s and ‘I think’ in our talks and they never stopped us from talking. They never stopped us from passing vital information to others because they’re part of communication. And writing itself is communication in written form. Don’t be afraid to say your hmm’s, huh’s, haa’s and ‘I think’ in your writing.
If you believe that you have to be right all the time, you won’t say a word. And this is why many people have writer’s block. Because they wanted to be right; they wanted to write something that makes perfect sense.
I’ve learned that most of the things I write are things I never thought would resonate with people. Many of them have changed people’s lives and I’m proud that I wrote them. Sometimes, a single sentence born out of a random thought can inspire people and create change. So write, write, and write until you feel there’s no more to write. Go!
-MOAB © 2015