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Writing WRONGS

Continuing to bust the self-perpetuating myths that stop writers realising their potential, story consultant Jeff Lyons takes down the five most destructive creative writing myths

Last month we looked at the bottom five of the top ten creative writing myths responsible for much of the pain associated with failed writing and derailed storytelling. Now, in reverse order of destructiveness, let’s look at the top five myths, the worst of the worst, and break down the lie at the core of each. Finally, we’ll reveal the truth that you can use to bust each myth once and for all.

#5: Writer’s block is real.

The lie: Duh – writer’s block is real. The truth: No, it is not (well, kind of ). What most people perceive as writer’s block isn’t writer’s block, it’s just generic blockage. What I mean is this: the feeling of being blocked has nothing to do with writing process. A writer might feel blocked because their lover left them, or they have financial trouble, or life has them depressed – and while this might affect their ability to write, the blockage itself has nothing to do with writing or creative process. The solution to the blockage is also unrelated to writing process (ie, find a new lover, get a job, get therapy). In other words: writer’s block is only valid if it sources from your writing process, and there is only one circumstance where this might occur: when you have so much in your creative pipeline that you can’t prioritise and make informed creative choices what to do next. That is blockage related to actual writing process, and thus the only legitimate form of writer’s block.

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