Some don't believe in it, others wrestle with it daily. But it's a shared frustration amongst all creatives: the dreaded block.
As a writer, it can best be described as the palpable mind fog that seizes your flow, voiding your prose of rhythm and cadence.
Ideas are hard to come by, fluidity is lost, and the simple art of constructing a sentence becomes an arduous feat.
But when you're paid to write, you can't afford to have an 'off day'.
I was relieved to find that Cecelia Ahern - ultimate 'chic lit' author and creator of numerous best selling titles - is often plagued with the creative block.
Staring at a screen within the same four walls each day is enough to dampen any creative spirit. By switching up your surroundings, you stimulate your imagination.
Cecelia recommends visiting your local coffee shop or just taking a walk outside to alter your perspective. It's amazing what a shift in your surroundings can do to ignite that creative spark again; I've always been a fan of people-watching for inspiration!
After all, how can we be expected to produce exceptional work when we confine ourselves to the same mundane, prosaic activities day in day out. Do something different, get outside of your routine, and switch it up. You'll shake off that mental block in no time at all.
Sadly, creativity isn't something we can control. It's not like any other office job with set routines and obvious processes. The processes exist much more subtly within our subconscious which makes it tough when we're having an "off day" but all it takes is a gentle reminder of things that make us feel alive and get those cogs turning again. If you're fighting what feels like a losing battle with writer's block, try these tips for igniting inspiration again.