How to Overcome Writer’s Block: A Lesson from Augusten Burroughs

50 thoughts on “How to Overcome Writer’s Block: A Lesson from Augusten Burroughs

  1. Did you ever come across good information regardless the "age" of information? Trust the information when it is the truth and it is relevant to you! It's like gold, gold wouldn't change regardless the time frame nor the circumstances. Thank you Augusten Burroughs, Think Big and YouTube! 😏

  2. If you write about the writer's block don't show it to anyone. Because in the last writing class I took, half the class did their final project stories on a writer unable to write 👌

  3. Great advice, though, I've heard of it before
    If you struggle with writer's or artist block (or any kind of block, basically), I highly recommend reading the book "The Way of The Artist" by Julia Cameron

  4. I am a musician and an artist. I wonder how thoroughly this applies to me. I'll have to see next time I'm faced with a block.

  5. Well in some cases it is our own ego our own fear standing in the way of our ability to pour words on the page. Sometimes we are just overcome with stress and anxiety that we will not live up to our expectations of our own work. So, I don't agree that writer's block is really something governed by a more evolved our highly intelligent unconscious network in our minds. The majority of the time, writer's block hinders our success and freedom of expression in our creative writing.

  6. This is fantastic! I will never look at writer's block the same way again. Thank you for this wonderfully educational video.

  7. So many second rate works are now going to "flow" from so many second rate writers, thank you for this gift to literature.

  8. So does this mean that my deeper self is telling me that what I really need to be writing is smutty fanfiction? Honestly?

  9. This is a life savior! I experimented physical pain and i was stopping myself for writing! I will try what you said 🙂

  10. Oh, FFS. Knowing why you're blocked doesn't necessarily do ANYTHING to actually remove the fucking block. Just another tiresome hammer-and-nails attempt to "logic" a creative act. Yes, do tell me why I'm a shitty writer because your personal technique to deal with a very specific personal challenge doesn't work for me.

    Christ, novelists are some of the most fatuous, tiresome people on earth.

  11. Nobody wants to read about somebody's writer's block. There are plenty of other ways to get bored stiff. If you're writing solely to please a publisher–you're a common hack, not an artist. And there are very few true artists left–in any medium.

  12. My personal way to overcome writers block is to stop writing all together and study the social sciences. The info learned there can then inspire new ideas for fiction.

  13. very helpful advice, really appreciate it. will also check out some of your work. I like to read old national geographic mags when I get writers block. I try to travel to these places in the articles in my mind and completely try to reset my train of thought. cheers!

  14. This is a great video. Promoting actual hard work and conscious effort? Some writers are going to have a problem with that. The kind of writers who talk about "the muse", who wait for a lightening bolt to hit them and for the writing to be easy, the kind of writers who don't believe in hard work. You have to work hard, you have to seek ideas, you have to force the lightening bolt, you have to write every day. If you're a guitar player who wants to be a rock star, you have to practice. I truly hate people who think writing is all about "waiting for inspiration" like it's some sort of automatic magical thing that's just easy once you've "found the muse". These kinds of writers are going to fail, or maybe they'll write one book and then disappear. This is the real world of writing. Hard fucking work. Sorry.

  15. He's funny, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  16. This talk feels manipulative, as though guiding the viewer to make the "correct" writing choices according to audience tastes. Which is fine for commercial fiction in that you're giving the audience what it wants. But your first audience is yourself, so write what you want first, then edit and sell out to your heart's content.

  17. I like his advice (and will try use it next time this happens) – also, love his shirt (The Shining), and Running with Scissors was a great read!

  18. He's wearing a shirt showing a scene from a movie based on a book written by an author who absolutely does not get writer's block. 🙂

  19. GOD … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN WHEN I NEEDED HELP. Now I found the best solution for a writer's block. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Writer's block is the result of TRYING to write instead of letting yourself write. Or to use an old analogy, it's the result of trying to control the muse.

    Unfortunately, we live in a culture of 'writing for the audience', where there's a hatred of stories that result from the author's personality, it's a culture where 'the author is dead', and a dead author has trouble with writers block.

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