Cure for writer's block

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, writer’s block is nothing more than fear — fear created by an overactive inner critic.

We writers can be our own worst critics, and that makes sense; it’s easy for us to feel like we’ve fallen short of our professional and artistic goals. But that critical voice inside of us, if it’s allowed to speak too loudly or for too long, can be crippling.

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, or just being too hard on yourself — check out this comic strip by Stephen McCranie. 

What are your tricks for overcoming artistic fear? Let us know in the comments section below.

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About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 570 posts in this blog.

is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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