Why do we get stuck?
Writer’s block was ‘invented’ in the 1940s.
Before that, not only wasn’t there a word for it, it hardly existed.
The reason: writing was not a high stakes venture.
Writing was a hobby, it was something you did in your spare time, without expecting a big advance or a spot on the bestseller list.
Now, of course, we are all writers.
We put our ideas into words and share them with tens or thousands of people, for all time, online.
Our words spread.
When you tweet an idea and nobody likes or retweets it, you don’t disable your Twitter account, you tweet again tomorrow, and again the day after, and on and on and on.
With each new tweet, you refine it, polish it, improve it and make it easier and better to comprehend.
You apply the same approach with your art, your creative work.
But for some reason, we approach our creative work with such caution.
With the stakes higher than ever, so is our fear.
Consider the alternative to writer’s block: the drip.
A post, day after day, week after week, 400 times a year, 4000 times a decade.
When you commit to writing regularly, the stakes for each thing you write go down.
You don’t launch a popular blog, you build one.
The writing is not the hard part, it is the commitment. Drip!
When we do our creative work, we need to build momentum one small work at a time, everyday, drip by drip.
Show up, do the work, don’t try to be perfect, try to do the work, start with imperfect, let the creative genie find you.