Writer’s Block and Mental Fatigue

Oh, you again. My old enemy, writer’s block.

But most of the time, you’re just full of baloney and excuses.

“You don’t have time,” you whisper. “You’re too tired. You’re too uninspired.”

Or, worse: “You aren’t good enough, so why even bother?”

I wonder if Shakespeare ever sat staring at a blank page, hesitating to dip his quill into ink because he was sure no one would ever read what he wrote. Or that it wasn’t good enough. Or that he was too busy.

“I probably should be folding my underclothes right now instead.”

Yeah, Shakespeare. The world would have been far more greatly changed and inspired if you’d spent more time on your chores and less on your writing.

But there are times when I think my “block” is legitimate. Those moments when I really do feel like my brain is screaming for a break. Occasionally work can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, or I am trying to resolve some other problem or have spent a lot of brain energy on something else in my life. Or I’m sick and my brain and body just need rest.

Sometimes, the best cure for writer’s block is to ignore it and write whatever random thoughts spring to mind. You can fix that mess later. 

But not always.

And let’s be honest, you can tell when you’re giving yourself a list of BS excuses vs. when you legitimately need a break.

Sometimes, the best cure for writer’s block is to embrace the fact that you need rest. Take care of yourself. Give your brain a vacation day!

When your brain is rested and ready, you’ll be able to produce better quality work instead of just staring at that blank page or screen like a zombie.

Don’t be a zombie, my friends.

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