You Do Not Have Writer's Block

The phrase “Writer’s Block” has currency. We have heard of it and we have heard of writers having it. To any writer, it is a thing that exists out there and can be had. Therefore, when you say that you have it, you experience no guilt, no disgust, and no pressing need to ask why it is exactly that you can’t write.

The simple truth, after you have stripped away the phrase of the aforementioned context, is that “Writer’s Block” is an imaginary disease caused by nothing more than plain old laziness.

You do not have Writer’s Block. You are lazy.

When you start saying “I am lazy” instead of saying “I have Writer’s Block”, you become capable of feeling disgusted with yourself. You no longer have the luxury of hiding behind an external reason that many before you have fallen victim to. You now have to contend with a much more personal and powerful enemy — your own nature.

Writer’s Block is something you see yourself as suffering from. Lazy, on the other hand, is something that you are. Being lazy means willingly not doing the things that you are perfectly capable of doing. It means acknowledging that the things you are doing instead of writing are not being forced on you — you are consciously choosing to prioritise them over your writing.

Once you do this, one of two things will happen. You will either feel disgusted with yourself for being lazy, or you will accept that you are lazy.

Acceptance brings peace and happiness. Disgust however, brings change and renewed focus. If you are not unhappy with where you are, you will never try to travel to other places. The problem with most motivational literature out there is that it makes you happy. It shows you what you can become and creates in your mind a beautiful and fulfilling future. What it needs to do instead is paint a picture of your desolate present — a present where you are not what you need to be because you are wasting your potential as you drown in a feel-good pool of positive thinking.

Try a little negative thinking for a change. Remember all those unhappy and depressed artists you keep hearing about? They weren’t great because they created great things despite being sad. They created great things because they were sad. You will not write great things after you have overcome your feelings of inadequacy. You will do your best writing now, as you combat a general sense of disgust with yourself for not being all that you could have been.

You are sad and pathetic. I believe in you. Now get writing.