BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

What Writer’s Block Really Is


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This is according to my experience. Yours might be different.

I’ve never experienced writer’s block.

For a long time I wondered what it might be because everybody is talking about it all the time (which is the best thing to do if you want to HAVE writer’s block, keep it at the forefront of your mind all the time).

I’ve had periods where I didn’t write for different reasons. And, thinking about them in hindsight, I think i DID experience something that others would call writers block, it’s just that I didn’t see it that way.

And here is why.

There was a time when I didn’t write because I didn’t feel well. I felt I need energy for other things, mainly for myself, for my physical and emotional wellbeing, and so, I made a conscious decision to let it go for a while, not knowing if I would return to doing it (spoiler: I did).

During this writing break it would have been impossible for me to be inspired because my mind was on other things. My focus was different. My energy level was insufficient.

What happens when you don’t have enough energy, the little bit you have left is used up by all the important tasks. Staying alive, basically. Inspiration comes later.

So, the way I see it (and having gone through this experience), what many people call “writer’s block” has nothing to do with the writing.

It has to do with everything else BUT the writing. 

The “writer’s block” is caused by all the things that are going on in your life that suck your energy away in one way or another. Or you could say: make you feel unwell.

So, what is writer’s block?

It’s an imbalance in your life that you need to take care of. Inspiration will surge automatically once those obstacles are away. You will be happy to get back to your writing again once you’re in the emotional and physical state that makes it possible.

How to get there?

Well, it’s nothing that we haven’t heard before:

  • Eat well
  • Exercise
  • Do what you enjoy
  • Positive self-talk

But you can’t do it all at once, you need to start somewhere:

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