Welcome to How to Keep Writing Wednesdays, where you'll find a boost of encouragement to help you keep the words flowing.

The Myth of Writer’s Block

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe that you can get stuck, yes, and there may be stretches of bad writing, too, but to really hit a wall that stops the writing process altogether? No. If that happens and you feel truly immobilized, I’d wager it isn’t writer’s block, but something else entirely. And until you figure out what that something else is, you won’t be able to push your writing past where you are.

So what should you do when you feel stuck?

My advice is to stop. Stop, put that writing on the shelf, and turn to another writing project altogether. Use a writing prompt to get you started. If you’re able to write, and if you find yourself liking what you’re writing, then chances are you’ve hit a roadblock with your other work because you are trying to make something happen that doesn’t want to happen. When you go back to the original piece, change something: point of view, a new chapter, a new scene. Airlift yourself out of the stuck place and keep going. The writing will tell you what to do next if you listen.

If you need to, take a break, even a long break. But don’t be gone for too long—like most things, writing improves with practice. If you want to write, you need to be writing. It’s as simple as that.