GEN Z: ISN’T THE TERM ‘WRITER’S BLOCK’ A SUITABLE EXCUSE?

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Writer’s block can be overwhelming and frustrating. Many writers will at one point or another be unable to write and oftentimes it has nothing to do with their skill level, they are just unable to put something down. While writer’s block is a thing, American psychologist Steven Pritzer believes it is “an artificial construct that justifies a discipline problem” meaning it’s an excuse for not having enough discipline to put something down when you should.

We all feel down and don’t carry out some functions as we do normally, in this case, it’s writing and it has a name. It may seem like a serious problem when it’s just like any other setback that occurs in our day-to-day life. Many things cause people to be less interested or perform poorly and these could range from personal issues to more serious ones.


Finding out why you’re unable to put something down is better than outrightly telling yourself you’re facing ‘writer’s block’ and settling. Attempt to break free by checking yourself to see if you’re truly in the right state of mind. If you are, try harder, that masterpiece would surely come out. You may have been tired or perhaps even lazy; which you wouldn’t know if you didn’t persevere and get the piece you’re trying to curate.

If you’re not in the right state of mind, take a break to clear your mind. Do anything you feel can help with whatever you’re going through or thinking about before coming back to work. Be in the right state of mind, then try again. Once you’re in the right state of mind, you should be able to write and if you still can’t, it’s either you’re tired or not in the mood or outrightly lazy to do anything, and that’s okay. 

Don’t be quick to say you’re facing writer’s block when what you’re facing is nowhere near there, and it’s just you not settling your issues, tolerance and discipline.

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