Here’s the thing with writer’s block

Writer’s block is a huge con.

You think the idea is: “I’m trying to write something, but I don’t know what to write. There’s a block.”

Yeah, that’s not it. Writer’s block happens because you’re afraid of something.

What is it? Could be anything:

  • “I won’t express myself very well.”
  • “I’ll be misunderstood.”
  • “What will (someone specific) think of me?”

Only you would know.

But, that’s the thing you’re calling “writer’s block.” That’s what’s getting in the way. It’s a fear of what would happen if you let the skill of writing express itself.

It’s not a block. It’s fear.

“No, Michael, it’s not fear. It’s just that I’m not always in the mood to write. Sometimes it’s just not the right time.”

No, it’s fear.

You are more than capable of writing even when you’re not in the mood and when it’s not the right time. But, you’re afraid of what will happen if you do.

If you’re not aware of your fears, if you’re saying “I’m not afraid of anything. I just don’t have any ideas,” that’s the con.

That mind says, “I just don’t have any ideas. It just seems like there’s a void. A blank spot where it seems like there should be ideas.”

That’s fear.

I go through this every day. When I go to write something, I might not have an idea about what to write about.

“I don’t know” = FEAR

But, you don’t have to know what you’re going to write about.

Let me come up with an idea for a post right now. What’s the topic? I don’t know. But, I’m not going to accept that. I’m going to say the topic is going to be:


That’s the topic. I’m going to make a post about how to write an Instagram post.

Now, there’s fear that comes up. I chose that topic out of the Void. I’m taking the universe and forcing it to collapse itself, forcing it to get clear on what it wants to do.

For more help with writer’s block, see my workshop Getting Unstuck on Writing.


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