Writer’s Block, Laziness, and Fear

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Is hesitation a form of writer’s block?

Or is it simply a lack of motivation and laziness? I often wonder as I have spent many hours in my head telling stories, running with ideas, or just daydreaming. However only a fraction of my time has been spent writing. This is despite knowing that if I truly wish to be a writer, I need to write everyday.

I’ve read that you should try to write at least once a day, for an hour a day; if one really wishes to become a writer. Perhaps this is what makes starting seem so daunting in my head. Easier to not write than to commit to scheduled task every day. Not to mention the blow to my ego failing such a task on a regular basis would be. Add to that the idea proposed by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something.

Now that one hour a day task becomes an investment of almost thirty years to become proficient in writing. That puts me being a senior citizen and is a bit of a depressing thought. Still, the theory is sound. (Time+Practice=Skill) If I had the kind of lifestyle that could afford twelve hours a day of writing I’d accomplish the goal in under two and a half years. I would blame my ill-spent youth, but I am who I am.

Total dedication seems beyond me, my focus a fickle mistress.But within me there is the urge to try anyway. That unidentifiable human quality of ignoring the numbers and just going for it. That is, if I could put pen to paper more than two out of every ten times. So if I figure out my issue as being one of these three, do I then gain the power to change and overcome it? Or am I simply padding my next excuse with this bout of introspection?

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2 responses to “Writer’s Block, Laziness, and Fear

  1. I think the biggest thing is that you have to want to sit down and write. If you have free time to do what you’d like and sitting to down to write isn’t something that happens, then those things become secondary to the fact that no writing is happening. For me, the most important thing to remember is that I’d rather be a failed, terrible writer than someone who fails to write at all.

    Ten thousands hours, an hour a day – all those sound nice on self-help articles and paper. But the best way to become a better writer and overcome those fears is to simply write. Hope that helps. 🙂

    • Thanks, that does help. I think part of it is just wanting to be good at it without putting the time in, even though I know that’s an unrealistic want. So I’ll just keep writing ’till someone censors me or boos me off the stage.

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