If you have ever tried to write, you have likely experienced writer’s block at some point. You may be familiar with some of the internal and external causes of this troubling condition, as well as how to push past them so you can come up with creative ideas, precise words, and original work. But are you just as savvy when it comes to prevailing over other hindrances to your writing?
From time to time, we all face obstacles that make it difficult to write and fulfill other aspects of our calling. Delays, exhaustion, sickness, and shifting seasons are four common hindrances. Below are a few practical ways to overcome them.
Know that the delay will come to an end, and do something else in the meantime. For example, while waiting for a publisher to accept your manuscript, build your audience through blogging and speaking. Trust that God will make up the lost time and enable you to pick up where you left off, as if the delay had always been part of the plan.
Writing requires a tremendous amount of mental energy and focus. Give yourself a break after writing for many hours. Talk with a friend, stretch, or walk to recharge. When you feel too exhausted to write, go to sleep. You can write more when you are rested.
Healing bodies, hearts, and minds is a process that takes time. Use the tools available (e.g., notepads, scribes, speech recognition software, etc.) to help you write when you are not fully functional. Seek God, the ultimate Healer, and hold fast to the guidance and inspiration He gives you. Write the truth—and healing will come to you as well as to all who read your words.
Understand where writing fits in to your destiny, and prioritize assignments accordingly. Dedicate a place and time to write. Write what God gives you in each season.
Today, you may be in a tough spot, experiencing delays, exhaustion, sickness, or a shifting season. Be encouraged. The apostle Paul wrote the majority of the Bible’s New Testament while in prison. With God, you can also write no matter what.