We have all experienced that crushing moment – when you stare at a piece of paper or your computer screen – and you have nothing to say.
Your mind is blank. Your hands sweat. You hyperventilate. And you want to give up.
Writer’s block is soul-destroying and can leave you wondering whether you are meant to be a writer or not.
But you’re not alone; a great many famous writers have tasted the bitter gall of not being able to put words onto paper.
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
“One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” — George Orwell
“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me.
“Then I can go on.” — Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game
Lists are just another form of outlining.
When you’ve put it down on paper, the path forward is clearer:
- Using lists is an efficient and effective way of clawing your way out of the creative abyss.
- They help you clarify your thinking and allow you to see the gaps in your writing.
- The great part is that this process can be used for both fiction and non-fiction books.