Writer's Block Help
Overcoming Writer's Block
With Author Dr Silvia Hartmann
Writer's block can have a number of different causes. Here are the most common reasons for writer's block and what you can do to overcome it in quick and simple terms from UK Author Dr Silvia Hartmann (see list of published books).
If you are stressed, your conscious mind goes out of sync with your energy mind which streams the ideas, visions and story lines you need to do your writing properly.
The more stress there is, the more disturbance - like a TV channel getting out of tune.
You know your life as a writer best - are you calm, relaxed, healthy, flowing freely in body and mind?
If no, then there's your prime cause for Writer's Block - adrenaline poisoning.
Here are my top tips for stress induced Writer's Block:
Yes, stop. Stop trying to write because you're going to drive yourself even more crazy and you're going to get even more stressed out. And there will be even less data flow as a direct result! So stop writing first of all, but also STOP other things that are causing you the most stress in your life.
2. SAY NO
Be REALLY BRUTAL with yourself and others. Protect your time. Say NO! loudly to demanding bosses and relatives. Protect your time and your space with everything you've got - this is YOUR LIFE, and you're not going to be any good to ANYONE if you don't get yourself calmed down and working properly again.
3. DON'T BE AFRAID
Do NOT allow yourself to dwell on problems and fears that you have about the past, present or future. MAKE YOURSELF stop stressing as much as you can. TAKE YOUR MIND OFF everything, no matter how or what - the less fear you feel the less often, the more resourceful and intelligent you become, and the more capable of actually solving the problems that are causing you fear and stress.
4. LEARN TO DE-STRESS QUICKLY
LEARN methods to de-stress rapidly. I recommend EFT, EmoTrance and Project Sanctuary. Find an excellent "anti stress self help protocol" here.
Think of stress and adrenaline shocks as your worst enemy, because they are. They make you stupid and sick and they'll destroy your life and all that's good about you! Not kidding.
You can NOT create under high stress. Don't even try. De-stress first, then we can go back to thinking about what you're trying to do when you've calmed down.
5. STAND UP FOR YOURSELF
People don't understand artists or what they need. YOU NEED TO FIGHT FOR YOURSELF. Don't wait for someone you love and trust to come to your rescue - they simply don't understand. But YOU DO. Stand up for yourself as though you were your own best friend and samurai champion. Give yourself what you know you need, whatever that is. This is what "loving yourself" means - to stand up for yourself and to fight for your present, and for your future.
Now on to some other reasons for experiencing Writer's Block.
This is really interesting because here, a person doesn't have enough ideas, they have way too many.
They start on one, go to another, and another, nothing gets ever finished and all those unfinished projects pile up and cause a logjam - and nothing moves at all any longer.
Not knowing that this is so, writers will DESPERATELY try to get MORE AND MORE ideas, thinking they've run out, and that makes the logjam ever worse until not a trickle gets through the dam any longer and we really have now absolute writer's block.
The solution for this is to take any one of THE OLD PROJECTS at the base of the logjam and to FINISH IT.
You don't have to finish it well or polish it for publication; you just need to get to a place where you can type THE END under that particular manuscript, that's all.
You'll experience an enormous sense of relief, and two or three projects later, the log jam begins to undo itself and you can feel the writer's block receding, breaking up, and new and other ideas coming to you again.
The remedy for this type of writer's block is to make a decision as soon as possible when you have an idea for something whether you are going to act on the idea (write the whole thing), shelve it (write a synopsis into a note book and forget about it) or let it GO.
Letting good ideas go is something a lot of writers find difficult AS HELL, especially if there's a commercial aspect to it that bodes for good sales in potential; but creativity is a flow and the tighter you cling on to old ideas, the worse your writer's block becomes and the more the trickle of ideas slows down.
Just know that for every idea you can let go of, you'll get another ten.
With that in place, you should be able to totally overcome writer's block based on logjams, as well as being able to spot when you're about to create another one!
Another form of writer's block comes about when a person believes that they've "lost it".
This can happen quite quickly in a moment of stress - the person goes to the place where the ideas are held and THEY'RE NOT THERE ANY MORE. There is just - nothing.
OH MY GOD! I'VE LOST IT!
In that moment, this thought becomes an affirmation, and creates reality.
What you need to do is to rescind all such thoughts and affirm the opposite - I can generate ideas and visions at will and at any time, it's easy!
Play Project Sanctuary and you'll never lose anything again. That's my advice.
Sometimes a serious trauma like a traffic accident, a loved one dying or leaving, or an illness can temporarily shut off the communication to the systems of creativity.
A "trauma" is an actual injury in the energy system; you could say that some powerlines have been blown up and the data transmission is interrupted.
If your writers block happened shortly after a very traumatic time in your life, or a traumatic incident, I strongly recommend you work with a MET practitioner, or an EmoTrance practitioner, to repair the damage that was caused.
Apart from not being able to write any longer, there are much greater mental and physical health risks involved in trying to walk around with a severely damaged energy system. Seek help and do it as soon as possible. Find an affordable practitioner, don't think it's more important to save money and stay sick. Do something about it TODAY!
The final reason for people experiencing sincere and long lasting, possibly permanent writer's block or block on their creativity in general is what I call "pissing off the muses".
Darwin noted that after he spent some 25 years just cataloguing data and counting birds and beaks he seemed to have lost his ability to connect with art completely and said it was a terrible loss to him.
If you spend too much time on non-creative stuff, like counting beans, your energy mind gives up, gets sad and leaves the building because it thinks you don't want it anymore.
You need to always, ALWAYS keep an ongoing communication with your energy mind, or else it will atrophy like legs that are never used.
You need to make your creativity a part of your daily life. Talk to invisible friends, paint, draw and sculpt; try and remember your dreams and don't be ashamed of talking of esoteric things that "have not been scientifically proven" to yourself and your friends.
Flex your visioning wings as often as you can, that makes them grow stronger.
Learn to play Project Sanctuary, or use The Genius Symbols. That is going to help, guaranteed, to stop your true creativity and intelligence from atrophying through lack of use or interest on your part.
In my books, my creativity is the MOST PRECIOUS THING I have in my life, way beyond everything else. I make a HUGE effort to thank it, to celebrate it, to have it be around me ALWAYS, and the more I do, the more joyous I get and the better my life becomes.
DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU EVER THAT YOU'RE BETTER OFF FORGETTING ABOUT YOUR FANTASY NONSENSE AND GETTING A REAL JOB INSTEAD!
Stand up for your creativity.
Keep the stress down.
And I promise you, writer's block will be a thing of the past for you as well!
Lots of sparkling colours and infinite worlds to you,
Dr Silvia Hartmann
Writer's Block Help © Dr Silvia Hartmann 2008.