Writer’s Block: A Breakthrough in Progress

When I started blogging I thought I would write about writing more frequently than I have. I guess I don’t have a lot to say about writing.

One benefit of blogging is that I am writing almost daily. I realize writing comes a little easier when it happens frequently at least for me.

Blogging allows me to write in burst and have a completed story at the end. I like finished projects that are ready to share.

This is different than novel writing where I have a burst which is immediately followed by a block. I walk away from these writing bursts with more questions than answers, especially because I am following the story instead of leading it.

Blocks force me to turn to my writing resources looking for motivation:  books, online articles, events, bookstores, and my writing partners.

My hope? To better understand the writing process. But sometimes that’s not enough.

I am reading a book, Imagine:  How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer, which breaks down the creative process. This work of non-fiction intrigued me because I thought if I could just figure out the process of creativity and what it means to be creative, then I could figure out how to write.

Creativity is the header and writing is the subcategory. So, if I understood creativity than maybe writing the novel would come a little easier.

One of my favorite lines from the book, so far is, “The first stage is the impasse: Before there can be a breakthrough, there has to be a block.”

I’ve shared this quote with my writing partners. It’s a good reminder and it takes the pressure off. It gives me permission not worry about putting words down. It tells the story that no matter what I do there will be a block and I should just go with it.

So my focus today is not on the block but the pending breakthrough. Just around the corner waiting for me are the answers to the questions, the decisions on direction, or the epiphany about how to finish.

Writer’s block is part of the journey and I am learning to be grateful for it.


  1. Funny how these things grow all on their own, isn’t it?
    With my blog, I thought I would be talking about music almost daily. And now, I’ve found that I write about almost every other sort of nonsense but!

    • You’re right, it just happens that way. Given the venue to say whatever is on my mind, I definitely find lots of things to write about. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll have to look into it.

  3. Ooh, I love that. To think of writer’s block as a stepping stone on the way to a creativity breakthrough! Thanks for helping me think differently about those moments when the words don’t come as easily!

  4. Thanks for the connection. I appreciate it. You’re not a slacker … you’re realistic. “Creativity is the residue of wasted time.” ~Albert Einstein


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