Recently a lot of Writers on Facebook have been asking for advice about how to deal with writer’s block.
Stepping away, meditating, listening to music, going for a walk, and separating yourself away from the work are all really great suggestions and can be incredibly helpful.
The one thing that irritates me though is that these same writers asking for writers’ block help are also saying shit like “maybe I should just give up.”
The answer to that, if you are reading this is fuck no. Absolutely not. This is your reminder from the universe that giving up is not a fucking option.
Giving up is for those who didn’t really want it to begin with. Giving up is for those who are destined for something far different than what you’re doing. Giving up is for the other guys. It’s not for people like us who believe in the products that we are creating.
This is especially true for those of you who are colored or Black folk. Our voices absolutely need to be heard through our art, it’s absolutely and utterly imperative that we refuse to step away from the tables we are building.
There is someone, somewhere, who needs to hear you say something in ways only you can say it. There are people out there, somewhere in the world who pray to God above all else that you exist so that they can be inspired to believe that they have a reason to live. Let alone create.
There are ideas that need to be birthed into the world, that only you can bring out into the light, so yes your voice absolutely and utterly matters.
I find that when I have been thinking about something for a long time, it’s usually because it’s either going to happen or something that I want to have happened.
LMBG is something that I didn’t know I wanted until the opportunity presented itself, and once it did everything seemed to fall into place. That doesn’t mean that the work is easy, however.
You can give up if you really feel you need to, but if you give up on your writing, on yourself, you never really know what could be. I don’t recommend giving up writing, but I highly recommend taking a break when you need to, to rejuvenate your creative juices.
I find when I am having a hard time creating, it’s because I need to energize the room around me with creative energy.
sometimes that means lighting candles or incense and other times it means playing music and dancing, but it never ever helps to give up on my writing. No matter how many times I have to say something if it’s important enough to write about it’s important enough to share with the world.
How do you prevent yourself from giving up? I’d love some tips to help struggling writers, leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to start putting them into practice.
Devon J Hall