Writer's Block? Keep It Simple

Writer’s block is a condition in which the creative ability of the mind appears to shut down. No attempts to reach these cells are successful. Frustration grows, stress increases, and the wall between the day-to-day functioning part of the brain and the creative core thickens. If you have reached this point, you are not alone. George Orwell wrote, “Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.”

You have a great idea for a plot and the interplay between characters. Were you to relate that story to a friend in a coffee shop, the words would flow easily. Then you return to your writing desk, and the words fail to appear. One reason for this creativity crevasse is the human tendency to overcomplicate matters. In the coffee shop, you know you have just a few minutes to tell the highlights of the story without going into extensive detail and boring your companion to death. Back at your desk, you know that your storyline is far more intricate, and the more you think about it, the more elaborate it becomes.

The problem is that the simple story is still in there, but you have not allowed it to come out. Instead, you have shrouded it in complexity to the point where you cannot decide how to tell the story without compromising your creative genius. The solution to this is simple; just write it down. Write it in much the way you would relate it to your friend at the coffee shop. Once you have freed the basic premise of your story from the confines of your own mind, your creative energy can focus on enhancing your writing with all of the elaborate creativity you possess. Keep it simple, and write it down.

“There is nothing wrong with simply telling the story.” – Lee Child.