Writer’s Block and What Causes It

This entry is part 1 of the series Writer's Block
Writer's Block: Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of David Castillo   Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do you believe in Writer’s Block?

Famous writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway have all admitted they’ve struggled with writer’s block. They obviously found a way to deal with it, or we wouldn’t have the books they are famous for.

Other writers say there is no such thing. I did a Google Search on “Famous writers on no such thing as writers block” and found pages and pages of articles.

Writer’s block is just another name for fear.” ― Jacob Nordby, author of many self-help books.

I was never sure what I believed as it was not a problem for me. I think I bought into the idea that “Writers write” and the cure to “Writer’s Block” was to sit down and write! I have often made comments like, “If you’re a nurse, you don’t just decide one day you’re not going to look after patients for a few days. You may not feel like nursing. But you’re paid to nurse, and so you nurse! If you’re a secretary, even if you don’t feel like taking minutes, if that’s part of your job you have no option. You take minutes. If you are a . . .  You get the picture! read more