Stuck again, huh? We’ve all been there—words dangling in our mind like ripe fruit out of reach, leaving us and the page empty. Some call this a bad case of writer’s block, but in fact, I am writing with a “block” right now.
A blank page isn’t a symptom of this cliché literary disease—it is the result of a bad idea or at least an idea that the writer couldn’t give a damn about. Not all writing needs to change the world, and a sentence doesn’t always have to have a clear destination, but it must have strong impulse, pointing us toward something worth paying attention to: An idea, a concept, a feeling. Without conviction, why write at all?
Writing can be a brave act, but for me, writing isn’t about overcoming a fear of failure—it is driven by it. Fear demands me to be more precise and befittingly provocative. Fear questions the core of my assumptions and ideas. Fear compels me to make sure I am getting it right and my reader leaves with that “Aha! ”moment. Fear is everything, but for fear to work as an ally, you must have the willingness to move forward. Ideas don’t gestate properly if the mind isn’t whirring.
So how do you jump-start a stalled brain? Some suggest reading as many books as possible to fill the gas tank. Others find that a nice, brisk walk on a summer day is enough to spark creativity. Whatever you have been told—or not told—a good place to find some inspiration is from a trusted source: Famous writers.