Writer's block.

Writer's block.

Writer’s block doesn’t exist.

What exists is fear. What exists is ego. What exists is the self-sabotaging desire for your work to be perfect the first time around.

It’s possible to not have any good ideas. It’s possible to not be clear on what it is you want to write. But it’s impossible that there’s some unknown force holding you back from sharing your best work.

As unromantic as it might sound, writing—like any craft—is a skill acquired through practice. What’s more, so is having the emotional capacities to mine the world or your soul for rich insights that can be shared through your words.

It’s not magic.

Of course, there is mystery in the process. There is a certain amount of faith required to be a writer. Just like there’s a certain amount of faith required to go to bed each night hopeful that you’ll wake up the next morning.

Beyond that, however, writing is something you must do as often as you can.

That is the antidote to writer’s block. It’s to write.

Which may sound counter-intuitive. As a coach, I will never tell my clients to just go do the thing that they feel they can’t do. We work up to it.

With writer’s block, however, there can be no other doing. There can only be writing.

That being said, you can develop other parts of your writer self to support you in writing your way past writer’s block.

You can become more skillful at processing your emotions. You can get more in touch with your body to support you in feeling clear-headed and focused. You can develop your capacity to turn your ideas into actions.

And even if you’re focusing on one of those things, you can still write.

As horrible, inarticulate, and uninspiring as your work may initially be. Even if all you do is write the same word over one over again for pages. Even if there’s nothing you like at the end of the day. Nothing you’d be willing to share with someone else.

You can still write.

Begin with the Morning Pages. Write as much as you can in those three pages. Don’t worry if it makes sense or if it’s any good.

That’s not the point.

The point is to write.

The point is to put your fear, ego, and desire for perfection on the page. Not between you and the page in a fictitious container called “writer’s block.” If you made it then you can unmake it.

So unmake it.

Name what’s really holding you back. Get clearer on the ways you get in your own way as you try to do your best work. Not to shame yourself but to better understand yourself. Empathize with your fear and it won’t stand a chance.

Writer’s block doesn’t exist.

So, what’s really holding you back from doing your best work?

The desert.

The desert.

Slow change.

Slow change.