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Writer’s Block–The Causes

I just love it when the words flow effortlessly into my manuscript. The page fills with black spots on the white canvas, and the end result is beautiful art. However, I hate it when I’m stuck and not sure how to continue. I hate even more when I begin, then delete, and begin again.

I found this article on the causes of writer’s block something that helped me put writer’s block behind me more quickly. I hope it helps you as well.

(This article is curated from http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/causes-of-writers-block-why-you-cant-write )

Why can’t you write? Before you can overcome writer’s block, you need to find the source. Here are five causes of writer’s block and a Sioux Indian parable about awareness, to help you stay motivated to keep writing.


One cause of writer’s block is perfectionism. “[A writer who is a perfectionist] expects her first drafts to be polished and well organized – in other words, like other people’s final drafts,” says Hillary Rettig, author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block. “When she fails at that unreasonable goal, she reacts with great harshness, calling herself a ‘loser’ and other names. And then, losing confidence and perspective, she abandons her writing project.”

In The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block, Rettig describes how to identify and overcome perfectionism, manage your time, optimize your writing process, understand and claim your identity as a writer, cultivate resilience in the face of rejection and harsh criticism, and more. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, or poetry, screenplays or something else – or whether you write for business or school – Rettig’s tips will help you write more, lower your stress, and bring you joy and fulfillment.

Below are five common causes of stalled writing (including perfectionism), plus tips for overcoming writer’s block. First, though, I want to share a Sioux Indian parable about how powerful you are – as a writer, as a human, and as a spirit who is briefly passing through this world.

The Parable of Awareness – A Sioux Indian Story

The Creator gathered all of Creation and said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality.”

The eagle said, “Give it to me, I will take it to the moon.”

“No. One day they will go there and find it,” the Creator said.

The salmon said, “I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean.”

“No. They will go there too,” said the Creator.

The buffalo said, “I will bury it on the Great Plains.”

“They will cut into the skin of the Earth and find it even there,” the Creator said.

Grandmother Mole, who is the soul of Mother Earth and who sees with spiritual eyes, said, “Put it inside of them.”

“Yes,” the Creator said.

5 Causes of Writer’s Block

You are creating your own reality. The reason you can’t write – and the secret to overcoming writer’s block – is in you. You are smart enough, motivated enough, and powerful enough to uncover the cause of your writer’s block and get past it. You can find the solution to whatever is causing your inability to write because it’s within your reach. Indeed, you are the author of your reality.

Lack of passion for what you’re writing about

One of the most common causes of writer’s block is boredom. I get assignments from magazines and sometimes they’re the most boring topics on earth – such as how to deal with stress at Christmas. I don’t experience writer’s block when I’m given an assignment because I’m getting paid $600 per article, but I definitely procrastinate! If you’re not excited about your writing, you may think you’re experiencing writer’s block….but the reality is that you simply don’t care about the topic. The solution? Change subjects if you can or interview someone with a completely different take on the topic. Or, you might write about how bored you are with the subject matter and brainstorm positive ways to cope with it. You might also ask readers or fellow writers for tips on how to find the interesting speck in the boring topic.

No plan for your writing

Until two weeks ago, I was SO bored with my Quips and Tips blogs. I started blogging in 2008 and it’s the longest I’ve ever had a job! I was still making money blogging and I had lots of blog posts and ideas on what to write about. The cause of my “writer’s block” wasn’t lack of ideas or boredom with blogging as a business. It was a lack of a plan. Two weeks ago I gave birth to the idea of Putting Parables Into Practice, and blogging has become fresh, new, interesting, and easy again! Awesome. What about you – are you dealing with a cause of writer’s block, or do you just not have a plan for your writing? You need some sort of structure, outline, mind map, or organization for what you’re writing. Else you’ll be lost and unmotivated – and you’ll think you have writer’s block when really you’re just disorganized.

Lack of information on the topic

Another possible cause of writer’s block is lack of information. Maybe you’re writing a detective novel and you can’t figure out how to plant clues and use suspense in your story line. You might think you’re blocked as a writer…but maybe you’re just ignorant. Maybe you don’t know what clues detectives need to solve crimes, or you’re not skilled in using suspense in your writing. The solution? Learn. Do research. Think about the Sioux Indian Parable, and remember that the answer is within your reach.


In How to Fix Writer’s Block, I neglected to describe how destructive perfectionism is to writers. Identifying perfectionism as a cause of writer’s block can open you up. “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people,” writes Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird. “It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”

Hillary Rettig adds that perfectionism can lead you to over identify with your writing and other projects, so your self-esteem rides on their success. “Over identifying with one’s work is dangerous because most projects succeed or fail at least partly due to circumstances beyond your control – and to make your self-esteem so heavily dependent on things you can’t control is a huge risk,” she says in Perfectionism and Addiction on HuffPost. “The fact that your goals were probably unreasonable to start with only intensifies that risk.”

If you feel obsessed with being perfect in your writing – especially if it’s a cause of writer’s block – read 4 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism for Writers.


“I’ll never get published” and “I’m not good enough to be a writer” will lead to writer’s block. Those negative messages that are full of doubt and self-criticism will paralyze your creativity. How can you write when you think you’re not good enough to be a writer? The solution is to deal with your writing insecurities. Dig deep within yourself. Find the source of the negative self-talk, and learn how to build your confidence as a writer.

Let the Sioux Indian Parable of Awareness – the knowledge that you are creating your own reality – empower you to rewrite your narrative. Instead of hopelessly wrestling with writer’s block as some nebulous blob of failure, try to drill down into the cause of your writer’s block. Once you gain insight into your stumbling block, you are much more likely to move forward to the next chapter.

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They go over tools that writers can use and what made the difference while they were putting their book together. Among the important details of creating a book, they discuss how to avoid the dreaded self-published look. Probably the most important part of getting your book off of the ground is to make it look professional.

They also go over how to get a professional looking cover, and how to design it so that it is effective in drawing in the target audience. The book cover and the title are the only thing most people see–and you get two seconds or less to make the impression that you want.

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A basic understanding of book distribution is required. Knowing how to use the available distribution channels is a must. They cover Amazon, Apple, Barns and Noble, Google, and Kobo.

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New Book Release

Dean Giles an Amazon # 1 bestselling author, recently released his highly anticipated work, “Write a Step-by-Step Book.” The volume is loved for its simplicity and practical nature. It is being acclaimed as The Resource for anyone who is serious about being a non-fiction writer.


Nonfiction writers are unique in the world. They are the unsung heroes that are actually trying to make a difference in the world and the lives of other people. But many nonfiction writers find themselves frustrated by the writing process. Writing can be difficult and knowing how to research ideas, organize the ideas, and put those ideas into something that will really be useful can be an art form.

Most Authors Are Doing it Wrong

“Truthfully, most authors are doing it wrong, and it shows. If the process feels like going to the dentist, then you really are doing it wrong.”

Writing can be a natural and enjoyable thing. It can naturally lead to both self-fulfillment and good profits, but there are some simple steps that, if followed, can lead to a book that is better accepted and much more profitable.

Simple Steps To Success

Those simple steps are outlined in this easy-to-read, and straight-forward manual. “The key is in the discovery process and the focusing of the author’s effort in producing something that is exactly what the customer needs and presented it in a way that anyone can follow the advice.” Says, the author, Dean Giles.

Readers are attracted to books because of the promise of information. Many books are full of fluff and rhetoric. They never really get to the meat of the problem or how to go about implementing a solution. Writers that can truly identify those needs and spell out how to solve those problems one step at a time, will quickly gain a following and true fans of their work.

The book comes with an easy, step-by-step checklist that will guarantee that nothing is missed along the way.

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As an author, you can move your writing to the next level Step-by-Step, and enjoy the benefits of finishing a nonfiction book that really helps other people, is direct-to-the-point, and can be completed in less time than you ever imagined. Learn more at Write a Step-by-Step book by Dean Giles http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0MKFVY

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Write Your Own Bestseller

Bestseller Lists

There are a number of bestseller lists, the New York Times bestseller list, the USA Today bestseller list–but today, my favorite bestseller list is the Amazon Category Bestseller list!

I recently ran a promotion for one of my books, a Google Keyword Planner Book.

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It had a number of sales after the promotion, and ended up as the #1 bestseller in TWO Categories.

How did I get there?

I kind of fell into the niche and topic. When Google announced they were going to do away with the Keyword Tool, I found myself, out of necessity, moving to the Keyword Planner, kicking and screaming the whole way.

I decided that I might be able to alleviate some of the pain that I experienced for someone else, so I wrote the book. I think that it has hit a sympathetic chord with a few other people out there.

I posted the book promotion to 41 Facebook Groups. The groups are listed in my Write a Step-by-Step Book, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0MKFVY .

I also promoted the book on Fiverr, using a gig and a gig extra by bknight where they submitted my free book promotion to 15 free book sites, posted the free book to their blog, and sent out my promotion in their email. At the end of the promotion, the book was selling at a pretty good rate, that more than paid for the $10 spent on the promotion.

You Could Be a Bestselling Author

The opportunity to write a book and profit from it is better than it ever has been in history. I present a step-by-step method for creating non-fiction books that can sell, and I present it in a straight-forward, actionable manner. Although, my emphasis is around step-by-step books, the advice is effective, timeless, and can be used around any niche or genre. Just see for yourself, you might be surprise that you too can write a bestselling book.

Write a Step-by-Step Book, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0MKFVY .

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