Revising Writer’s Block

creative_smWhile writing sometimes flows effortlessly whereas other times creating one quality sentence seems impossible, I don’t believe in writer’s block since the rich resource of potential expression always awaits.  Writer’s block implies an external force ties your hands preventing you from expressing yourself.  When you release the illusion of something beyond you holding your words hostage, you can connect to the possibility you yourself own and can shift the ebb and flow of your writing.

In Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) Japanese acupressure, every disharmony begins with an inhale problem, an exhale issue, or both.  Consider writer’s block in this context.  When you find yourself writing furiously and productively, view this as a big exhale or release of words onto the page.  The desire to express yourself overcomes any reluctance or barrier.

Conversely, consider when you want to write, maybe you even sit down at the page or computer and nothing comes.  While you feel ready intellectually, you may need to shift something internally for the words to start flowing again.  Maybe you need some down time to creatively inhale, maybe you need to sit with what you’ve already absorbed as a pause between the writing exhale and inhale, or perhaps you need to give yourself permission to say it, to exhale.

You can’t continuously inhale or exhale.  A productive writing jag won’t last forever but a temporary drought won’t either.  Continuous change, a fundamental aspect of the universe, applies to writing as well.

For those interested in Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) self-helps, the third depth (Gallbladder Organ Function, Liver Organ Function, Safety Energy Locks (SELs) 16 through 22, middle finger), SEL 13, SEL 17, and the Lung Organ Function harmonize creativity and imagination.  The third depth, among other benefits, gives you the gall or nerve to express yourself.  SEL 13 invites enthusiasm and self-empowerment, SEL 17 supports intuition, and the Lung harmonizes breathing as well as mental clarity, emotional calm, and worthiness.  I recommend holding self-helps for thirty-six exhales and inhales while attending to your breath.

What do you tell yourself when you encounter a writing lull?  How do you ride the rise and fall of your writing productivity?

6 comments

  1. Hi Christy, This past winter, I encountered several writing lulls. While I could write blog posts and other, short pieces, I struggled with major works, i.e. my novel. I’m back on track now and hope to finish the first draft by the end of May. If all had gone according to the original plan, I would be preparing for a fall release. But that is not my reality. I needed to skip a few seasons or, as you eloquently stated, take “down time to creatively inhale.” Thanks for a timely and insightful post.

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    • Hi Joanne,
      You’re most welcome and thank you for sharing about your writing journey. I think many writers fall into the trap of believing continuous output is possible or even desirable at one point or another. I think seasons lend themselves well to this concept – sometimes dormancy precedes lush growth!

      Continued good wishes as you create your next novel. I love the sound of “next” novel, by the way. 🙂
      Warm regards,
      Christy

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  2. I love how you invite writers to explore our own thinking. You explain, “Writer’s block implies an external force ties your hands preventing you from expressing yourself.” We, as writers, have the power to shift the force of blocks by shifting our thoughts and stepping into our own power. This was a delightful (and timely!) piece.
    Lots of blessings,
    Julie

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    • Hi Julie,
      Thanks for your interest, comment, and feedback. It makes me chuckle to think of just how much thinking and overthinking we writers do – so we might as well put some of that thinking to constructive use as you suggest!
      Warmly,
      Christy

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