Writer’s Block – A Systems Approach

Often, we, bloggers, as well as writers, complain about writer’s block. I don’t know about others but I have often complained about it in the past. That was until I realized that there was no point complaining about it. One either has to overcome it or, allow oneself to be beaten by it.

While I was thinking about it, I thought of another thing. The whole process of writing can be be seen as a system.

Writing as a system

Taking this approach we can see that whatever we write is basically based on three basic inputs. The first is our LIFE. Over a period of time we go through many experiences and these not only affect the way we think, but also, the way we write and the things we write about. Therefore, living a full life and going through many experiences in life can enhance one’s writing, as one will have a first-hand knowledge of the things he or she is writing about.

But, it is true that no man can go through every kind of experience in one life. And if one writes only about things he has seen and experienced, his or her writing will have a very limited appeal. Here the second input into the system comes into the picture – IMAGINATION. Use your imagination to write about things, things that you wished existed, things that you wish you had seen, anything at all. Imagination should have no limits, and neither should your writing.

Another thing that you can use to enhance both your life and imagination is READING. Reading is not only a good pastime, but it can help you, as a writer, by introducing you to other people’s experiences and things they have imagined. It can broaden your horizons, by adding to them the horizons of other people.

These three are essentially the basic inputs that, if taken care of, can help you produce quality output i.e. quality writing, be it on a blog or a book. And you might never have to worry about writer’s block either.

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5 Responses to “Writer’s Block – A Systems Approach”

  1. stev says:

    interesting look at the whole writer’s block

    maybe just what i needed to read?

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  4. Deepti says:

    hmm..naish..:)..am new to this blogging wrld..will keep these inputs in mind…:))

  5. nabeel says:

    nice read :)these three are essential and they shud go hand in hand :)

    its true :)at times, we all face writers block syndrome :)

    to me,thoughts flow in words when I am deeply hurt :)

    kinda weird na :)

    God bless you :)

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