Writer’s block: ideas and emotional block

Here we are again talking about the writer’s block. In the first part I focused on two possible reasons, the first to which we think, but there is certainly a more insidious one.

Because perhaps it is not history that gives problems or even the characters, it could be the idea in itself not to go. The enthusiasm that had prompted you to write has suddenly stopped, maybe you have been unconscious, you have thrown yourself without thinking of anything else, it happens. We find ourselves at the top of a ravine after a magnificent and refreshing downhill run.

Here, the road continues beyond the ravine but you don’t find any bridge to reach it. To cross the bridge, perhaps it is better to go back a few steps, climb back up to the top to grasp again that moment of inspiration that led you to decide to start.

Don’t get me wrong, writing taken from the wave of passion is beautiful, and it must be done, but this impulse must at some point be channeled, otherwise it will be dispersed and history will be lost with it.

And if the idea has no future? We must find the courage to let it go. Not all ideas can find a form, a real and realistic outlet, sometimes there is no possibility of being able to make them work, or turn them into stories.

Maybe they are too abstract, too complex, whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. To become rooted is not good, it fades the imagination. And who knows how many other ideas are ready to be fished for your hook?

Maybe it’s just a lack of ideas. And then a good way to find them is to try to use all those nice methods to unlock, like the inevitable and indispensable brainstorming. Take a sheet, think of where you left off, the problem that afflicts you, and let yourself be free to express yourself.

Write without thinking about it, without worrying about anything. The important thing is the quantity of ideas, more than quality. It is only important to indulge in writing, unlock the mind and allow ideas to flow, to go and connect with the old to form new pictures.

Even if you don’t seem to have gotten a spider out of the hole, don’t worry. The beauty of the method is that the mind continues to work, because once the free association process has started it cannot be stopped. Do it at home, or even better outside, walking, relaxing. A good question to ask is: “Now what? What happens next? “And then off …

It could also come from an emotional block. History touches you particularly, maybe it takes lymph from the deepest parts of yourself, and this is tiring. Sometimes you simply can’t do it to let yourself be devoured by writing, to be laid bare, to pull problems out from under the carpet, problems you may not even know you had.

And then the alarm starts. The mind closes, the hand stops. At that point we must catch our breath, try to understand why it happens, isolate the element of annoyance, embrace it without allowing it to crush you.

And if the block didn’t pass? Then it’s time to put the story aside, take two steps, look at the reality that surrounds you, in search of new stimuli, new ideas to revive the withered one.

Try to stay tuned to the story without forcing yourself. Take in hand books by other authors in line with their stories and abandon themselves to reading. Or simply leave the unconscious free to move, let it work in those forced pauses in search of a way out. Because there is always a way out of the writer’s block. I assure you.

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