• Meru Badyal

The Curious Case of a Writer’s Block

Updated: Sep 2

A writer’s block. A malady understood by only .1% populace. An incurable & inexplicable phenomena that afflicts both the wanna be & the established writers equally.


So, what is it that causes the curious case of a writer’s block?


If creativity is a divine gift , is writer’s block a punishment by a not-so-happy divine hand? 😛


If creativity is 99% practice, how the hell is one supposed to practise the inability to practise something ?


Not-so-easy to answer questions!


Let’s start with the basic one.


What is a writer’s block???


The exact feeling can be figuratively compared to a bad dream where one is falling down a steep hill without any bodily control & wakes up with a sudden jerk.

The meaning of the phrase is the inability to; write a sentence, possess a linear thought process /flow of ideas, or sometimes, a condition when the ability to write even the next word is lost, for a week, a month or, in my case, a number of months now.


It feels like the heart might give away completely the moment the next word will come out of my mouth/ pen. The thing is it is too lame to be expressed, yet happens to the best of us.


“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” 🙂 – Charles Bukowski

I can’t fathom the depths of failure that writer’s blocks brings upon someone. It’s different for everyone. And I’m sure the easy answer is to look at it as a technical issue rather than a psychological one (a reality of over-thinking writers).


But here’s what helps me at times, & I’m sure the answer is different for each one of us.

  1. Read a thought-provoking book

  2. Solo travel

  3. Meditation

  4. Strenuous physical activity

  5. The art of doing nothing


Any one of the above, or when I am lucky enough, all the above mentioned activities slowly steer me away from the wretched blockage of creative energy, & allows me to relax enough to write naturally.


I guess more or less, the lack of inspiration or monotony is why writer’s block manifests. And doing that one thing that always takes you on a “joy-ride” is the key to unlock the much-dreaded blockage.


Do share your ideas on how you get past your block in the comments section. 🙂

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To write or not to write, that is the question?


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