It’s been a while since I’ve had writer’s block, but I do have times during the day when I block myself from writing. I won’t write in the late afternoon or evenings because it hurts. I get that fingernails-on-blackboard feeling in my brain when I try to write when I’m tired.
Jurgen Wolff’s Time to Write blog talks about ways to override negative subconscious messages in order to unblock your writing.
His story about science fiction writer Cory Doctorow illustrates how "our subconscious mind can work for us and against us. It provides us with great ideas, works while we sleep or are thinking of other things, and gives us great joy. Sometimes, though, it can also trap us in negativity or repetitive thoughts and behaviours."
The message I tell myself about not writing late in the day is a negative one. I’d like to get rid of it, since we are having an increase in writing assignments due to business thriving. Maybe it’s as simple as "just doing it," just getting rid of that belief and replacing it with another.
What beliefs do you have about your own writing that may stop you from being creative or writing?