Writer’s block is a myth created by people who are afraid to the do the work.
There are various reasons writers let the blank page get the best of their emotions.
- Trying to be too perfect
- Procrastinating en route to excuses that usually include the word “But….”
- Unwilling to fail or write poor sentences first
- Living up to someone else’s expectations
- Being afraid to share the work
Writer’s block appears to be the work of the evil. It wants us to quit and hide in shame instead of “dancing with the amygdala” as Seth Godin pleads on the very subject in his new podcast: No such thing (as writer’s block)
In reality, no one gets talker’s block just as a plumber never get’s plumber’s block. Stuckness is a work of fiction.'The work is doing it when you don't feel like it. Doing it when it's not easy.' — Seth GodinClick To Tweet
Forget inspiration and do the work
If we choose to be professional, we choose to show up consistently and dance with the fear. We develop habits that allow us to unlock what Steven Pressfield’s calls ‘the resistance‘, compelling the muse to work with us rather than against us.
Says Godin on the resistance:
“The resistance never goes away. The more important the work is, the louder it gets. The harder you try to make it go away, the hard and more clever it gets in response. The work is doing it when you don’t feel like it. Doing it when it’s not easy.”
Fear leads to intertia which leads to regret. We start by doing it poorly and zigzagging through the maze of bad ideas. And then we tweak.
As Martin Luther King Jr. alluded to, “Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
Perfection is futile. The best time to be ready is right now. Don’t whine, don’t complain, get to work and make things. And refuel with Seth’s podcast below: