Sometimes, you want to write, but the spring of word inside your head has slowed to a sluggish crawl. You want to put words down but every time you approach your laptop you imagine it looking at you with the sulky face of a sex-starved wife, wondering when it will get some action from you. Your brain is slow, overworked. You think of looming deadlines, clients demanding satisfaction for jobs long overdue, and you complete another cycle on the spiral downwards into depression, that bad place where no creative wants to be, that bad place where even the lightest and most hyperactive of ideas get bogged down in a miry mix of despair and hunger.

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You want to write, need to write, but you are in such a bad state of mind that any thing you attempt to pen down at this moment will come out horribly wrong. You even have a name for this nasty feeling. You call it writers’ block, as if it is limited only to wordsmiths and inkspillers.

Breathe.

 

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Every creative soul has days like this. The days when the words just won’t answer, the days when the magic doesn’t dance at the tips of your fingertips and the power you so easily commanded fails to answer your summons.

Breathe.

Listen to music. Do some light reading. Give yourself time off. Read something that excites you, that makes you want to dance and clap. Agree with yourself that you are but human, and like all humans we have our best and worst days. Allow yourself to get some rest, a power nap, fifteen minutes or so, and you will awake feeling refreshed and alive.
Or you can simply unblock your mind by writing about your inability to write and see how things go from there.


The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules, there is no super remedy, no quick fix, no cure-all. It could also be that your inability to write is motivated by physical or emotional factors. Take care of yourself, avoid excesses, do your things in moderation, and avoid toxic relationships. I do not know all the answers, I am , like you, making my way along the same road. Hopefully, we will get there, won’t we?
And lastly, do not be afraid to seek help. It is not a sign of weakness, sometimes the gift in us is awakened by interacting with someone else’s gift.

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