Often we find negative beliefs are the cause of writer’s block. Identifying those beliefs are instrumental in defeating or overcoming writer’s blocks. When we listen to our mind when relaxing or meditating or writing in our journal or participating in psychotherapy, we will nearly always find out when we are talking to ourselves in a way that creates the block.
One of them if “you aren’t smart enough, young enough or talented enough to write a novel.”
One method of defeating these negative thoughts is asking: How do you know?” The truth of it, no one has done a study on how smart, young or talented one has to be to write a novel. It may well be that creative people don’t have to be that smart. Also that creativeness is a life-long way of seeing the world and not dependent on youth. And talent can be learned if you have a deep desire to tell stories (or paint pictures or compose a string quartet.)
Even the fragmentary thought, “I couldn’t do that” is also weakened by asking the same question, “How do you know?” If you haven’t written a novel, how do you know you can’t. And even if you failed to write a novel a few years ago, you aren’t the same person, you’ve learned a lot and you don’t know with any certainty that you can’t write the novel now.
We do not know what we are capable of throughout our lives. There is a lot of evidence that most of us aim far lower that we would if we knew how much we could do and how high we could fly.
“How do you know?” is a valuable tool in defeating the beliefs that can cause writers’ block.