Ever had a passion project in mind that kept nudging at you all hours of the day; but, when you sat down to actually begin working on it only to find that your mind had gone completely blank?
What did you do?
If you’re like many writers, you blamed it on “writer’s block.”
In Gabriela Pereira’s upcoming book, DIY MFA, she states that there is no such thing as “writer’s block;” rather it’s resistance. The more meaningful the project is, the more one has to lose so the greater the resistance. She went on to say that instead of looking at this resistance as an enemy, look at it as a compass. Use it to guide as you work through this resistance.
So, instead of running from it…
In doing so, you may surprise yourself at what you’d uncover. Many writers have discovered valuable breakthroughs by working through their fears.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
I have battled with the fear of inferiority. That anything I do will not be good enough. So, instead of working through this and continue producing as a writer, I’d stop writing altogether.
Over time, I have (somewhat) overcome this by writing and finishing short works of fiction, and poetry; however, I’ve yet to complete a long work of fiction (a novel; heck, even a novella would be nice). I’d get about a quarter of a way through, and then stop.
No one’s gonna want to read this.
It’s never going to be published so why bother?
On and on it goes.
I know where this resistance is coming from. It’s stemming from various painful experiences in my past. Instead of working through this, I’m allowing it to stop me from doing what I love. And it’s making me miserable.
I’m going to take Gabriela’s advice and begin viewing this resistance as my compass, and allow it to guide me down the path I’m destined for.
Will you do the same?
“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti