Lack of inspiration. Scarcity of ideas. Insecurity. Laziness. No motivation. Fear of approbation or rejection. Disorganization. Unwillingness to work hard. Mistaking being published for being a writer. Paralysis. Perfectionism. Procrastination. Inability to follow through. Low energy. Depression. Anxiety. Trying to write outside your comfort zone. Being impatient. Insufficient time. Lack of faith, in your talent or your efforts.
These are both reasons for and descriptions of the block all writers experience from time to time. Most of them are normal. Some present a unique challenge to the writer trying to overcome his or her inability to write. But the more of these that are on your list, the more severe your writer’s block will be.
It’s important to identify the true parameters of your block. If you don’t know what your weaknesses are, how are you going to compensate for them? What you don’t want to do is try to justify them. They are what they are. Some blocks have only one reason and are easily resolved. Most blocks are more complicated than that. And it’s not easy to fight writer’s block on many fronts at once.
There are two components to writer’s block. One is external–no place to write, inappropriate writing utensils, lack of materials and resources, distractions. The other and perhaps more formidable one is internal–insecurity, fear, anxiousness, depression. How do you change the very essence of your mind? You can always buy a new computer–you can’t exchange or upgrade your brain. You have to learn to work with what you have.