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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Is Writer’s Block Real?


writers block is it real

Thanks J Lenni (@JLenniDorner), for bringing this meme to my attention.

It’s an interesting variation on the “There is no such thing as writer’s block” theory wrapped up in a neat little circular argument:

You become a “real” writer when you agree there is no such thing as writer’s block. If you get writer’s block, you’re not a (real) writer. Since no real writer can get writer’s block, writer’s block cannot exist.

I’m left wondering how many real writers simply “poofed” out of existence when they realized they were blocked.

From my perspective, procrastination is one of many forms of writer’s resistance; writer’s block is another. So since procrastination exists, writer’s block must exist.

Mine is also a circular argument, but my perspective has the advantage of being useful to writers instead of making them feel even worse and less able to write.

You are in a far better position to solve a problem when you recognize it exists, which is why “Recognize Resistance” is the first in the 4 Step Method of Resolving Resistance (see AWB chapter 9).

2 Comments on “Is Writer’s Block Real?”

  1. Joel D Canfield July 10, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Any argument in which an individual mistakes what they believe to be universal truths is, erm, shoe scrapings.

    One of the earliest lessons I taught my kids was that we don’t look for the cause of a problem (a broken window, for instance) to see who we can blame, we look for the cause so we can prevent further unnecessary occurrences of same.

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