Writer’s Block Syndrome

alarm-clock-590383_1920Is writing aimlessly a waste of time? I happen to do so especially when I have to face squarely at my writer’s block syndrome. And the syndrome includes

  • staring blankly at the white screen

  • grabbing any comfort food within arms length

  • drinking excessively coffee or tea

  • easily distracted to do things that are irrelevant to writing

  • feeling disheartened, give up to take long naps

  • play online games

To counter these symptoms, I write whatever that comes into my mind. Some would say this is free association. Is it an effective way to counter it? Most often than I wish, no good conceptualized ideas come into view.

Joan Didion, an American author shares “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

For me, free association in my writings set the tone and momentum to blog. The sound of my fingers on the keyboard is reassuring. I may be writing pointlessly, the act of typing unleashes the creative energy. Also, I can gain clarity as writings help me to find out what my thoughts are.

So is it a complete waste of time? I disagree.

10 thoughts on “Writer’s Block Syndrome

  1. I am writer too. And I think there’s nothing better than hearing the keys moving under my fingers tips. To me success is getting out of bed to write at three am even even when my brain says it has nothing in there! Because I don’t write for the voices of my head I write simply because I can.

    1. Thank you for your comments. Sometimes I do get up at four am to write aimlessly or not. I guess writers do having accommodating bio-clocks at work.

  2. No, writing aimlessly is not a waste of time. Not at all. In fact, I believe it is a very undervalued way to get out suppressed ideas that need to be expressed on paper or in some kind of visual way in order to remind you that they’re there, waiting to be shared. It’s a great way to brainstorm. I do it a lot. Sometimes I just write until I cannot write anymore. Then I wait a day or so to go back over what I was able to jot down and decide what to do with it.

    Keep doing this technique. See how your writing and ideas change. Use this to your advantage. If you learn to cultivate this, you can turn it into a skill. You’ll be amazed at where this creative talent will lead you. You’re on the right path : )

  3. I think it is a great idea to just write whatever comes to mind, struck the key after key on keyboard to the point when your direction become clear. You begin to notice something valuable in it. It is like your subconscious mind starts talking to you and whispering new ideas to write about 🙂

    1. Yes! That’s the way to get my ideas flow into my head naturally, I hope!
      Thank you for your sharing.

  4. Great post Cheng!
    I loved the way your writing flows so naturally.
    I agree that “free association” writing is beneficial!
    I actually do not believe in writer’s block, it is really just someone’s idea! (When you are forcing yourself to write about something is when “writer’s block” happens at least in my opinion!)
    I feel that since we constantly have thoughts we can always write something!
    I practice typing out my thoughts on the computer for 5-20 minutes a day. It has helped me in a multitude of ways! Even if I write “I hate writing in this damn journal it’s stupid and does nothing.” You will be surprised at how easy it is to continue from there! LOL The point is to get your thoughts flowing like you mentioned!
    Thanks for sharing your experience, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one drinking excessive amounts of tea and coffee when trying to write LOL
    All the best,

    1. Hello Mike,
      Great to see your comments. Thank you so much.
      I think I can understand your logic about writer’s block. Literally, the writer experiences a ‘block’ when he tries to push on in his writing at the point of time when no ideas surface. Hahaha!
      My warmest regards to my’Tea or Coffee’-partner,

  5. Cheng,

    No, it’s not. You are putting down on paper whatever you’re thinking at the moment and that is not a waste of time. I think this kind of writing can provide answers to your subconscious mind and give you a lot of clarity. Keep doing what you’re doing! I also like hearing the clicking of my computers keys as I type!


    1. Hello Jodie,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. And thank you once more for your comments.
      I think so too, writing freely taps into the subconscious mind, thus giving us the much awaited clarity.
      Best wishes to you,

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