Writer’s block is man made. It was a coinded phrase by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler in 1947. Yet, we’re the only group suffering with this problem.
The publishing industry has been around for 500 years, and before the 1800’s no one had any issues writing. Why are we first to have discovered the problem?
Because writing has changed.
We are the first people to write for a living, for an audience and not for ourselves.
Not that means our writing isn’t authentic, it means we need help to get our engines started. So we need writer’s block. That way when we can’t beat the resistance we have an excuse — a man made excuse — to back out, retreat and come back when we’re ready.
The truth is we’re never ready.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune