Writers Block vs. Idea Block |
Most authors have "writer's block" at some point, but I suspect we're often suffering from something I call "idea block". The definition of writer's block is "the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing." But I think that raises two separate issues: Not knowing what you want to write; i.e., you don't have an idea ("idea block") Knowing what you want to write but being unable to (an actual "writing block") Writer's block and idea block have different solutions and causes. Idea Block Sometimes "writer's block" is really an issue of having nothing to say, not that you can't find the words to say it. What appears to be a writing issue is an idea one. If you don't have an idea, you have nothing to articulate, which is why you may find words hard to come by. If you don't have an idea, I recommend not sitting down in front of a blank screen, which many find intimidating. It's arguably better to brainstorm and let your mind wander, and if the