Have you ever developed a good working momentum? You are full of inspiration and clear thinking. Your ideas gel and flow easily into your writing? You are in tune with your personal vision. I think we all have those periods. When you are in the zone, everything just comes together and it’s easy to think that it will continue forever. But, of course, it doesn’t.
Something happens to break the focus. Maybe it’s a good thing like a family vacation. Maybe it’s a business trip. Maybe you get sick or are distracted by a family problem. Whatever it may be it’s inevitable. Suddenly the ideas stop flowing. Thoughts that seemed so clear when you sat down to write become fuzzy and unconnected. Your usual sources of inspiration don’t generate ideas and you find yourself staring at a blank page, stuck for someplace to start how to write a cause and effect essay.
When this happens, it’s easy to throw up your hands in frustration while denying any responsibility for being blocked. We all do it. Writers block is accepted – like the common cold- as something beyond our control. It’s an honorable excuse that places no blame on the person but that reasoning just won’t stand up to scrutiny. How can anyone believe that a creative, productive person can suddenly stop functioning for no reason? The ability is still there. The sources of inspiration have not stopped. What has stopped is the creative packaging of experience and observation and that is a process residing in you.
We like to think that as rational beings, we control our thought processes and we do. It’s just that some of those processes are conscious and others are unconscious. When someone experiences writers block, it’s because some part of the brain has put limits on that process. The writer that sits down to compose an essay is using his conscious mind to manage the creative processes. If he is blocked it’s because the unconscious mind is interfering to prevent it from happening. So what can a blocked writer do?
If writer’s block is self-generated, that suggests that the solution is within the control of the writer. That is not how it seems when you sit down and can’t write. Logic, however, insists that you have to be the cause of the block. Nothing else has changed. The physical environment is the same. The stimuli are the same, but somehow they fail to get the mind working to generate the ideas and produce the output. What is different is the way your mind is responding to these stimuli. Something is preventing the flow of ideas and the creative connection of the ideas to produce, organized and communicate insights. But what creates the barrier and where does it come from?
I believe that writer’s block happens when something has undermined the vision of the individual. A fully functioning, productive individual has a clear vision of their purpose, a confidence in their capabilities and a program to follow. This is a complicated process and easy to disrupt. Only the most focused and organized individuals care able to operate for long periods in this mode. Most of us slip in and out of focus and alignment. But when we do pull it off, we find that everything is working for us. These are the times when we write effortlessly and effectively. Out of focus, one of the symptoms is writers block.
Effective and productive individuals have a strong mission, a high level of confidence and unrelenting commitment. Normal people don’t have those things. They want to fit in and be in tune with society. They want to be told what to believe and how to act. This is what we hear on the radio, watch on TV and read in the papers. It is what we pick up at work or from our neighbors If we let those messages influence our thinking we lose focus and our vision. Without that vision we can’t focus our thoughts. Our thinking suffers and our mind goes blank. We have nothing to say because e are waiting for direction from outside.