I write each and every day – whether it be a feature, news article, client editorial, blog post or email. I’ve been writing professionally for years, and for pleasure way before that – so I am no stranger to writer’s block.
For me, it strikes most often when I give myselffree rein. When I say ‘go on, write something creative’ or ‘start that novel’. Within the confines of my work life, where I use the same formula and follow the same style guide, I very rarely struggle to turn an idea into reality.
I know that I’m not alone. So this is a friendly reminder to myself, as well as to you: don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Just start writing.
More often than not, writer’s block boils down to one thing – fear. Fear that your idea isn’t good enough, smart enough, funny enough or unique enough. Fear that you haven’t found your voice yet. Fear because you don’t know how to start your story, or where to end it. Fear that your first sentence won’t go down in history as one of the top 10 most memorable opening lines in modern novels.
But the thing is, if you never put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) you’ll, never know what you can achieve.
If an idea stays in your head, it will always be easy to convince yourself that it wasn’t a worthwhile idea. And if all you do is think about things in your head, you’ll never establish your writing voice.
So just write. Let the words out and see where they take you.
Write without judgement or censorship and allow your ideas to live and grow. Remember that you don’t have to show your writing to anyone until you’re ready and you don’t have to get it perfect the first time around. It’s making a start that really matters.
Log out of Facebook, turn the TV off, shut your inbox, and write.
Because your story is worth telling.
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