The Five Reasons I Am No Longer Afflicted By Writer’s Block

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1. I don’t censor.

Censorship means judgment, and judgment implies that you are analyzing your work to ensure that it is suitable for readership/publication. While you may intend to have your work read or published, censorship during the process of writing will prevent you from writing anything.

2. I practice Morning Pages.

“Morning pages” is a habit coined by author Julia Cameron, a prolific writer responsible for the groundbreaking book The Artist’s Way. In The Artist’s Way, Cameron details instructions for a practice in which she wakes up every morning and fills three pages of her journal with words. The words don’t have to be profound or even make sense—in fact, if you want to fill three pages of a journal with the word “poop,” this is still considered an effective use of this method.

3. I am brutally honest with myself.

I used to want to write a book.

4. I don’t do it for the money.

I would love to make a living from writing, but I know that if I reverse-engineer my love of writing in the hopes of forcing it to subsidize my living expenses, I will come to hate it.

5. I connect it to my life’s purpose.

One time, during the throes of a magic mushroom trip, I asked the universe what the heck I was supposed to be doing with my life. I had a journal in my lap and a colorful pen in my hand, and seconds later I found myself scrawling out the following sentence:

Photo by author.

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Amanda Dollinger

Amanda Dollinger

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The highest purpose of words is that they be used to connect one another.