According to the public’s reactions to memes about writing, and procrastinating, most of them (I meant, us) suffer from a syndrome called “An hour-long of blinking cursor.” This is an agonizing and stressful moment that sometimes seems endless. When this happened, we simply divert ourselves and do other things like browsing the internet leisurely, talking to our friends, watching a movie, brewing your fifth cup, and many other excuses. With this, one can simply declare that he’s having a writer’s block, instead of admitting that he’s just procrastinating.
Believe it or not, I’ve read quite a handful of tips on how to cure this syndrome, but most of them just honestly told me to “just start writing.” That’s frankly saying that you should stop looking at memes, chatting with your friends, and just focus on your task- writing. But to what extent should we admit that we’re having procrastination tendencies or experiencing a writer’s block?
Signs That You Are Stuck
Some say that Writer’s Block doesn’t exist. Some say it does. To make this unreliable guide a reliable one, here’s what Neil Gaiman says about Writer’s Block:
“I don’t really believe in writer’s block, but I absolutely believe in getting stuck. The difference is one is imposed on you by the gods, and one is your own damn fault.”
-Neil Gaiman, Author
Even Gaiman had the same familiarity with being stuck, but at least he has a way to get through it. Later we’ll delve into his ways of dealing with that feeling but first, here are the warning signs to determine whether you are experiencing writer’s block, err.. being stuck:
You have tons of ideas that you cannot figure and arrange.
You are feeling uninspired
Lack of excitement with regard to writing.
You are working tirelessly. You feel exhausted and writing overwhelms you.
The lists above were some of my own major experiences at times when I just want to bump my head on my keyboard. However, the lists below were the actual ways of how Neil Gaiman resolve his own predicament:
Write your draft by hand on your notebook before you type it up on your as your second draft.
Write whether you feel inspired or not.
Have a back burner of things you would do if you experience being stuck on writing.
Don’t blame “writer’s block” if you’re uninspired. Finish the story you started.
Read outside your genre.
At this point, I agree with Gaiman’s way of taking some sort of rest by indulging yourself in other things you enjoy. You don’t need to restrain yourself from doing things other than writing, because “writer’s block” usually comes if you are feeling pressured to complete a task or meeting a deadline.
Maybe, relaxing is the refresher you need to come back ready for writing. However, there can be a hazard in this. Beware, you might fall into procrastination.
Signs That You Are Procrastinating
You keep on making excuses why you can’t write
You have the excitement of doing other things than writing. You even found yourself doing everything except for writing.
You keep on intentionally delaying your writing stuff, even though you know you should have started doing it.
You pretend to work, yet all you do is surf the web.
Based on what I have experienced, procrastinating is some sort of delaying your work just because you’re too lazy to do it. It’s when you know how to do it yet you still chooses not to do it.
Sometimes, procrastination is interchangeable with being stuck or some others called “writer’s block.” One major difference is that, if you’re stuck, you can’t come up with a creative idea. However, if you’re procrastinating, you know what you’re doing but you’re too lazy to do it. There has been a theory that procrastination is the result of writer’s block. To resolve this, we’ll just go back to the basic thing -write and get it done.