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The worst possible solution to writer’s block is to keep away from writing until the block passes. The reason why your blockage occurred would not go away if you just sit idle on your hands- says memoirist and novelist Augusten Burroughs. To uncover the real reason why you cannot write, try penning your thoughts about the block. Burroughs in order to write ignored the bubbling up inside him and put his publisher’s interest ahead of his own. He uncovered that this was a mistake by writing about his block.
It is still arguable if there is a thing called a writer’s block. Some have writer’s block; some write freely and don’t feel anything of that sort. According to him, the cure to this would be writing about the very problem. That is what might help to dissolve it. Writing can be like a corrosive acid. If you are tense, dubious about your condition, about your bad mood or anger- if you write about it, what does it feel like? It feels like you will soon know what you are tense, sorry or angry about. The feelings will be dissolved. You’ll corrode the sort of feelings around that anger and get to the reason why. So to understand what all this internal refusal is about, you should write on it. For some writers it is like a symptom of your truest instincts, your very best nature trying to correct your course, trying to tell you you really don’t want to go that way. It is your creative subconscious telling you to stop maybe. This could be one reason of your block. It is almost like a roadblock, a road is also not blocked arbitrarily, and it is blocked for a reason.
You have to trust that the same sort of basic logic is incorporated within the cells of our own body. And we are not going to experience writer’s block unless some better and more knowing part of us knows the bridge is out up ahead. The road goes the wrong way, you know. So write about the writer’s block and figure out why you’re blocked. The author we are talking about was blocked on his last two books.
He wrote novels but he did not like them at all, he thought he could not write anymore, ever again. He would sit to write and confront only blackness. Even if he managed to write something he felt they had no depth. He deep down knew he did not want to write a novel right now, he wanted to write something else in his mind. So simply abiding by the publisher’s desire would not help when you have a block, you cannot do what you are supposed to do, what you are obliged to do. You have to write something that comes spontaneously, following no specific boundary. So it is like a back pain, you cannot do what you want to do, like lying still in bed for five hours, you have to come out of the bed.
Transcripted by Benazir Elahee Munni