Friday, February 6, 2015

Writer's Block: The Causes

I can't think of anything to write.

The cursor on the computer screen keeps staring at me. It's mocking me. I just know it is. It's  the reason I can't think of anything to write.

I had an idea, but now it's gone.

I got sidetracked by all the social media stuff.

Do any of these situations sound familiar?

Honestly, I think every writer has times when he or she can't get the words onto the screen or down on the paper.

And the culprit is...
                 WRITER'S BLOCK!!!

Basically, writer's block is when a writer can't write. The story...the words...they just refuse to flow.
But what causes writer's block?

A Lack of Inspiration
You just can't think of anything to write. Ideas flip through your brain like the pates of a book, but nothing sounds good.

Email, social media, the sale at your favorite online store...they all call to you, and you give in. Just for a few minutes, you tell yourself. Three hours later, and you have nothing but a blank page to show for your time. But distractions are not limited to the Internet, it can be pets, family, books, television, chores, the significant other in your life. The list goes on and on.

Life Events
We all have life events that demand our time and attention. It could be a sic child or a sick spouse. Maybe  you are the one who is sick. Financial difficulties are another life event culprit that eats our time. They take a lot of energy and time and unfortunately, have to be dealt with.

Any of the previous events can cause depression. Staring at sales reports or getting ready for the day job are just a couple of the stresses that can cause depression.

If we think about it, we can find dozens, if not hundreds, of things that can cause us to have writers block