Find yourself in the flax of writer’s block? You’re not alone.

But what IS writer’s block? It’s most likely not block at all – just a refusal to write down what you think is ‘junk’ and not good enough. As a great writer once said, there is no such thing as writer’s block.

Anyhow, let’s see how we should deal with this situation. First of all, inspiration. How does one get good ideas that interest themselves, and their readers? Can you just pull out a genius concept out of your head? Unless you’re a magician or something, probably not.

Many have the misconception that some writers are born with the talent of ‘reaching into their heads and pulling out bestselling ideas’. I’m sorry, but there’s no such talent. Writers get ideas by thinking and rethinking, by being involved in the world, and by being open-minded. Practice, practice. I know that’s what everyone says, but it’s the truth.

Humor is also developed progressively through reading and exposure to funny people (read Nuri Vittachi!). Try thinking round the bend, out of the ordinary. It’s a painful process and doesn’t come to most easily, but it sure pays off. Soon you’ll be immersed in the joy of writing good work.

You’ve got all the necessary qualities to be a great writer – believe in yourself, and just do it. 🙂

Note: I’m sorry for being dull and long-winded – just haven’t mastered the craft myself, but know the way as told by other successful authors. 🙂


Author: Jessica Y

Economics student at the University of Cambridge. Aspiring data scientist.

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