Have you ever heard the aphorism, “What you resist, persists”?
Truth is, when we suffer from writer’s block––that tendency to do absolutely anything rather than face the terror of the blank page––we often berate ourselves. We don’t like the feeling of being blocked. It makes us feel inadequate, not worthy, and untalented. It often triggers memories of shame. It is therefore not surprising that we would rather give up our dream to write a book (or an article) than face all those yucky feelings.
But here’s the thing. It’s only when we sit in the mess and uncertainty of our emotional response to being blocked that our creativity can be released.
When you feel into your writer’s block, write about having writer’s block, you are actually beginning the process of dismantling it.
So try this: Light a candle, put on a beautiful soundtrack, and settle into a comfortable position. Breathe gently and begin to feel into your body with each breath. Where are you holding your tension? What stories of your defeats and embarrassments are you telling yourself? What feelings are emerging? What is the quality of the block you feel?
Getting curious–and creative–around your writer’s block may feel counterintuitive. And yet, embracing writer’s block, learning about it, and then writing about it, is one of the surest ways to overcome it. Remember, what we resist, persists. So actually embracing writer’s block works to diminish it.
Ready to give it a whirl?