They say that while running a marathon, runner’s hit this wall. A make it or break it point; where if they manage to push past, they will reach their goal. However, this wall is very hard to break through. It requires self discipline. The willingness to fight through exhaustion and pain. The desire for success.
As a writer, I find this applies to, well, writing. Many refer to this wall as writer’s block. As with the wall in running, it occurs at different steps in the process for different people. For some, the wall, or block, occurs before they take pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. They have these fantastical ideas; the next big thing. But starting to weave these bits and pieces into a story of any quality, or to even start writing them down on paper is on the other side of the block that they can’t, or do not want to break through.
Past this are the fringe writers. The ones who’s writer block hits them after they have started a project. They could write a few hundred words or hundreds of thousands. But somewhere along the way they get lost and stop writing. They hit their block. Some push through this block, while others drop the project. Leave it forever unfinished and move on. This, I believe, is the most common form of writer’s block. Many people hit this block for many different reasons. Some make it through, others do not.
Another form of writer’s block is just beyond finishing the project. You’ve finished it; good. But it is far from done. Whether you strive for traditional publishing or brave the turmoils of self publishing, you have a lot of work to do. Many things that ‘aren’t a writer’s’ job, but they’re part of the business. This form of writer’s block is a huge step for a lot of writers. People write because they’re artists; it’s what they love to do. And to persevere through a lot of hoop jumping and self advertising mumbo jumbo is just too much work or not what you want to focus on.
This last form is my current struggle. Though I have self published my first book and am currently editing the second, I find myself constantly putting off this non writing necessities. This step, self promotion, crowd building, funneling, getting yourself out there, it’s my wall. I strive to get past it, but every time I sit in front of the computer to be productive I find another reason to push it back. It’s a problem for future me.
What is your current writer’s block or wall in life? Acknowledge it. Take control of it. And break through it. I only hope you have more success than me with it.
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