A Great Way To Conquer Writer’s Block
Do you ever find yourself sitting down at your computer with the will and determination to write something but not being able to actually type, well, anything?! Instead of creating the next bestselling novel, you end up watching funny videos of cats falling off things or the latest ‘fails’ compilation and wondering where the last three hours of your life have gone. Writer’s block hits everyone at some point, hell, it hits me every other day! Sometimes a little advice is needed on how to get yourself over that big bloody wall that is in front of your screen. Well, this may just be the answer…
Embrace Imperfection…and Say “No” to Writer’s Block!
by Mark David Gerson
“Embrace Imperfection” is the fourth of my seven surefire ways to unblock your writer’s block. You’ll find all seven in my book Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow.
Whether in writing or in life, many of us are addicted to getting it right. Being perfect, we believe, guarantees that we won’t be criticized, won’t be judged, won’t be humiliated, won’t be rejected. On top of that, we hope that a perfect first draft means fewer revisions…or none at all.
Being perfect is, well, just a good thing to be. Isn’t it?
I have bad news for you: Your writing will never be perfect. Never. Ever. Ever. It may be excellent, accomplished, creative, innovative and insightful. But perfect? Not possible.
It’s not possible because there is no exact or perfect way to translate the intangible (ideas, thoughts, visions) into the tangible (words on a page).
There is no exact or perfect way to describe a brilliant sunset or a profound emotion in a way that ensures each reader an experience identical to yours.
That isn’t a bad thing. This “approximate translation” gives your readers the space to have their own experiences of your words, to paint their own pictures from your descriptions.
Just as there is no way to control the words that flow from you onto the page and, at the same time, write from an authentic place of depth, there is no way you will ever be able to control your reader’s experience of those words. Nor would you want to.
How often have you been disappointed by a film portrayal of your favorite literary character because your inner director cast the role more astutely than the movie director did? How often have you read meaning into a novel that the author never knew was there?
Empower your readers to have their own experiences and recognize that all you can do is translate your experience as heartfully as you are able into the little squiggles on a page that we have agreed to act as imprecise outer symbols of our inner world. Begin by recognizing that most of the time you are only going to come close. Continue by knowing that it remains within your power to have your words incite revolution, topple dynasties, overthrow “reality.”
Do your best. Be aware, though, that if you remain intent on making it perfect, you will likely find yourself stuck on the same story — or sentence or word — for the rest of your writing life, never growing into something new.
As Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”
Can you let go of your natural human perfectionism long enough to let your story tell itself to you on the page? What are you waiting for? Pick up your pen. Describe what you see, what you feel, what you yearn for, what you love. Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t try at all. Just allow. And know that from that place of surrender, you are cre-ating perfection.
Adapted from Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow. © Mark David Gerson
Look for Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow in paperback from Amazon and other online booksellers, and in ebook form from the Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo and Nook stores. You’ll also find it, along Mark David’s other books and recordings for writers at www.books4writers.com.
Mark David Gerson is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books whose readers span the globe, Mark David Gerson electrifies groups and individuals around the world with his inspiring stories and motivational talks, seminars and workshops.
Mark David’s books include critically acclaimed titles for writers, including Birthing Your Book, The Voice of the Muse and Organic Screenwriting; award-winning fiction, including The Sara Stories and the Q’ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels; and such compelling memoirs as Acts of Surrender and Dialogues with the Divine. His screenplay adaptations of the Q’ntana books are on their way to theaters as a trio of epic feature films.
Known as The Birthing Your Book Guru, Mark David works with an international roster of clients to help them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease. Having overcome his own writing challenges, he is uniquely qualified to fire up novices and seasoned professionals in any genre to unleash the power of their creative potential and get their books (or other writing projects) done.
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