Understanding Writer's Block (And How To Combat It)




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Every individual who specializes in writing arts has experienced a writer's block once or more in their whole time of writing. This occurs to basic writers and not limited to the set of individuals but also dozens of published writers in their whole time of writing. Most of these published writers are far before the current age which gives more understanding to the entire term. One of the authors who experienced a writer's block is, and not limited to :


  • Leo Tolstoy

Back in the 1900s, a popular Russian author named Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, known for the making of long fictional books, was regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He, in his honor and the upliftment of his name did receive Nobel Prizes in Literature each year from 1902 till four years ahead. Leo Tolstoy was once one of the first-rate rebels of all time, a man who all through a lengthy and stormy life was at odds with Church, government, literary tradition, and his very own family. Yet he used to be a conservative, obsessed by means of the thinking of God in an age of scientific promotion and upliftment. 


Tolstoy was known popularly for one of his greatest works ; 'War and Peace' which was published in the year 1867. Within the story, Tolstoy efficaciously depicted both the  public and national soul as incarnated in a giant array of individuals, and the novel tries, in a compelling way, to define the identical team spirit amongst his characters. The last book published by this very author in his entire lifetime was 'Resurrection' in the year 1899. 

However within the long blessed years of this popular author's lifetime, he experienced an author's block which lasted for months and eventually stretched into a year. This occurred during the making of 'Anna Kerenina' which was published successfully in the year 1877. 


Tolstoy at first conceived of “Anna Karenina” as a novella that he hoped to knock out quickly. He executed a defined idea in simply a few weeks, but then things slowed down due to the fact Tolstoy was once a proficient procrastinator. Blaisdell, who was a book reviewer during those ages, estimates that in 30 of the fifty three months that he labored on the book, Tolstoy did no longer touch the manuscript. Tolstoy at some point was brought to the point where he suddenly found the work of his to be rather repulsive than appealing and most often cursed the works which he did write. Tolstoy was casted into a dark limbo which almost forced him to quit the art which he did pursue at younger ages, this was his writer's block. However, Tolstoy did escape such a drowning event which could have ended his career by various means, one of which was seeking the advice and being added by a critic and a counselor. Strakhov, who apparently was a friend to Tolstoy. Tolstoy sought assurance and motivation from Strakhov, who did ensure that Tolstoy was on the right track. 



  • Headings

  • Abstract 

  • Keywords 

  • Introduction : Meaning 

  • Cause : Criticism 

  • Ways to overcome Criticism 



It is experienced by most writers, the effect of a writer's block : facing a blank page or the monitor of your computer and still having nothing in definite order to pen or key down. Indeed, this block doesn't affect the outline of a story, however, when a given time is set out to begin writing on the very story--despite having the outline ready, most writers turn out to be unequipped with the motivation and mental stability required for opening a chapter, a scene or the book in general. 


Of course, the Writer's Block is a tough issue to resolve, comparable to most incurable diseases which plagues mankind, but the Writer's block is a plague upon writers which has gone on and on for decades without any prompt positive test carried out to resolve it. There are dozens of set out detailed texts which have served well for most authors, however, most still find it hard to overcome, and even if it is done, within a few weeks, the block returns. From personal experience and well carried out research, there are a few points which have been observed to cancel out the writer's block for good. However as earlier said, most theories carried out tend to work out to the favour of a few writers, authors or publishers, and not all. With this said, here is a breakdown of Understanding the Writer's Block and how to overcome it.



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Most Dictionaries as well as literary scholars have plotted and explained in detailed manner the definition of the term, Author's/Writer's block. Author's block is rather, a broad term which may have causes, symptoms as well as a supposed cure based on what writer it might be. 


A writer's Block is an observed difficulty or an occurrence experienced by writers that is best described as the inability to produce an organized and literary work as well as to pen ideas down due to physical, psychological or personal trauma. The term Author's block in its most simplified form is a condition where a writer is completely unable to write. 


Various other definitions have been gathered from three other prestigious sites which are listed below.


  • According to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, Author's block is defined as the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.


  • The Merriam Webster defines the term as  a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece.


  • The Oxford Learner's dictionary defines Author's block as a problem that writers sometimes have when they cannot think of what to write and have no new ideas.


According to the American Journal of Neuroradiology, writer's block was said to be a modern notion coined in the mid years of the 19th century by Dr Edmund Bergler who was a well known psychiatrist living in New York city. Writer's block varies in intensity from temporary way up to extreme. 

Below are some of the most popular or most experienced causes of the Writer's block.



Criticism most times does hurt, especially when they are not well constructed. The word 'Criticism' can be defined as the disapproval of someone on the basis of perceived and observed fault : a judgement on the faults of writers. Criticism tends to be very harsh for amateur writers or those who just got into writing recently. Criticism simply is the tool to break a weak author. Definitely your work isn't meant to be for everyone, there is a selective community who will support you and hold your back through all criticism and there is a community of those who would rather taunt the work of a writer.

Said by the Popular Author, 'Laura Van Den Berg';


"A bad review hurts, no doubt, but I try to remember that even though negative criticism can, at times, make me feel small and wounded and afraid, it will only paralyze me if I let it.”


Criticism is a double sided blade which on one side, can cut you open and on the other side, build you up. Take for instance, a writer who has been lied to about being the best or being perfect by his family and peers, despite the inability of his or her written works to hold finite meaning and his or her inability to implement the five senses along with description of a character. When taken for top tier competitions, it is confirmed that this very individual wouldn't be the best and may not even be amongst the second 10, given the number of contestants is 30. 


And let's take for instance again, a second or third level writer who wants to make it to the top tier and have his or her work be among the best written works, to be the best story for the year, the best article and so on. This very individual should be very prepared for criticism and let's say he already is and has dealt with it, it is safe to say that within the few weeks or months he was under criticism, he was sent into a writer's block which seized his ability to pen down anything. And if this very individual has implemented and made use of the very great ideas hinted to him through criticism, he would definitely be a successful writer as he has proven to not give up despite the backlash he received.


Things to Do While Under Criticism 

  • Draw Back 

Perhaps when you have noticed that your work isn't appreciated much in the open market, it is suggested that you hastily withdraw. It isn't suggested to seek advice from social media as the criticism which roams on there would be worse than what a peer might tell you. Go back to your very work and start to skim through it. Edit, proofread, rewrite certain paragraphs and avoid unnecessary dialogues. After this, perhaps you have a reviewer or a mate acting as one, hand your work over and request that your mate goes through your work to confirm better progress has been made.


  • Relax

Most times we tend to have a rushed page, or a rushed script due to having other things to do : other responsibilities to carry out. That very rushed page or script could result in a series of backlash which could eventually throw you off the spotlight or cast you down from your high place. It is necessary that you do not do the following to avoid criticism which will eventually lead to a writer's block. 

I) Don't write when feeling sleepy

II) Don't overstress yourself before writing 

III) Have a little rest before and after writing a long scene to aid your brain reboot. 


  • Sort The Critic Messages

You should be able to discern those messages which are critical replies to your work. Criticism can of course come in different forms. You are tasked with choosing the ones which you deem valuable and you are sure you can benefit from. Not all critical messages are useful, most are just rather plain hate words towards the entirety of a certain work. You can as well aid yourself as a writer to edit your books and also speak with other writers that are better than you see yourself. 

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