How to Write When the Words Just Won’t Come

The truth about Writer’s Block — and what you can do right now

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The threat of the empty page

If you’ve written more than once, you’ve faced the empty page.

It’s not the page itself that’s the threat. It’s just a symbol. What you’re really afraid of is that your mind is empty.

To compound that fear, you’re afraid that if you dig in, you’d find that your thoughts were emptier than the page you’re staring at.

What’s really behind writer’s block

I remember the first time I heard it.

Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered.
No one was there.

Bullies win because they don’t expect their victims to fight back.

Name your fears

If you’ve ever gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, you know how it feels to grope in the dark.

Writer’s block is a name for something else — at least for most of us — and that thing is FEAR.

Identifying that you’re afraid isn’t enough. It’s just the first step. You still need to turn the light on to disperse the darkness.

Fear of looking foolish in front of the whole world

When I was young, my family and I watched the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

You’re afraid your fears will come true

I’ve had a gun in my back before.

Have you ever challenged your fears? You might be surprised at what happens. The threat is terrible when you can’t see clearly. Turn on the light and you’ll see the monster has no clothes.

Push back. You might just rob your fear of any power, and you can run forward with the freedom of a child at play.

You give up before your breakthrough

My wife and I were at work late one night in 1992. The Braves were on the radio , playing the last game of the championship series. It’s the bottom of the ninth and the whole season rests on this one moment.

To win the championship, you have to play your best to the very last minute.

Notice I didn’t say you have to do it perfectly. You don’t. Just show up and keep swinging until the clock stops you.

Write today, and every day. When fear knocks at the door, you can open it with confidence — because no one will be there.

Teacher. Coach. Bestselling Author. Helping writers, entrepreneurs, and change agents write the perfect blog post every time.

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