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May 31, 2012

Writing Courage

by limebirdkate

I used to think that writer’s block was a silly nuisance in a writer’s life. I never took it seriously, because I never struggled with finding ideas. I never left a blank page blank. Then one day I abandoned writing. This hiatus lasted a number of years. Not because I couldn’t produce new work, but because I didn’t have the courage to write. As I look back on that period in my life, I have to wonder if that was a form of writer’s block. When we avoid writing even when we have bountiful ideas, even when we know what we want to say?

Wikipedia defines writer’s block as such:

“Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.”

Fear has the power to stop writers from writing. The power to stop writers from sharing their work. The power to stop writers from pursuing their dream. I believe fear is the seed that produces writer’s block. I know there are other cited reasons (overly complex storylines, lack of inspiration, etc.). I think it all is rooted in fear.

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