Some writers, like other warm-blooded animals, undergo “hibernation.” This is a state of dormancy. While these kind of species do it in order to tolerate shortage of food or put up with prolonged cold weather, writers do it unconsciously in response to environmental disturbances like television shows and series, friends unscheduled visits or shopping sprees, and also in response to our body demands such as fatigue and yes mental block.
At some instance we feel like procrastinating because we experience exhaustion and feel inactive and not able to survive another hour of writing. At another instance we have this repression of ideas or our difficulty in looking for the exact word to use. We suddenly have this inability to continue a train of thought. We are having that very familiar terminology as “writer’s block.” And when your mind is blocked you just seem to be getting nowhere reaching out for that perfect detail of phrases and stuck yourself up in that situation.You cannot move forward and finally you sleep over with what you were trying to accomplish. The worst scenario is when you have eventually gone into a very long period of inactivity, hiding away from expressing yourself with letters and words.
It has happened to me and I know some of you have had your share of it.How I survived it? Here’s how:
I Do away with procrastination or that habit of putting off your writing in favor of something else.
Mine started with a whisper “I’ll do it tomorrow,” to which I had acceded so easily. Had I not yielded to that whisper of procrastination I would have not reduced my writing activity.
II Protect Yourself from illnesses. This can pull you away from finishing your writing activity. Increasing body demands for rest and relaxation just because you forgot to take your vitamins or have not eaten the right amount of food and have not taken them at the right time are one of the reasons why you have to stop writing.
III Learn to say no to surprise invitations from your friends to go out and leave your work. Or better still make a schedule to write regularly and follow it religiously everyday.
IV Be stress free. If stress can not be avoided learn how to manage them. Stress free writers are Happy Writers. Happy writers have more focus when writing and are less likely to suffer mental block.
When your brain starts pushing you to sit down and relax instead of writing ahead, you can do it. Relax but not to forget to get back on track the soonest time you can, because according to an author of Happy Writer, “The longer we put off a task, the longer it looms in our mind.