by Emily Lundberg, US West Blogger for jaBlog!
Just thinking about writer’s block makes me shudder. Those moments when I used to stare at the computer screen, waiting for inspiration to come were devastating. Writing is the most important element of my life and whenever I came up blank, I felt like one of my limbs was suddenly paralyzed.
Over time, I began to realize that writer’s block struck when I needed to write most.
Often it would be during a week when I had two essays due for school, my internship boss assigned me an extra article, and my personal life was crumbling. Then I would ask myself: how am I supposed to write quality pieces when so many things are running through my head that I can’t even process my own thoughts?
Then I realized the answer was: I don’t have to.
I shouldn’t even attempt to write anything good because realistically I was incapable at those times. Instead I sat at my computer and wrote rants about how my math teacher can’t teach and how my parents don’t understand how much weight is on my shoulders. I typed everything that floated through my mind and dramatized it. Before I knew it, I had written over 2,000 words and my writer’s block was gone.
It’s no coincidence that writer’s block occurs at the times you need to write most.
With so many distractions and demands, focusing on a specific topic can seem almost impossible, which is why you have to purge them from your mind before beginning your next project. There will still be days when you come up blank, but they won’t have nearly as much of an impact on you as long as you are constantly ridding yourself of the distractions that inhibit you.
So say goodbye to writer’s block.
Emily Lundberg is a 15 year old writer from California. Emily says, “My interest in writing started when I was in junior high. I want to write professionally because I believe the possibilities are endless in this field and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”