3 Classic Mental Blocks of New Writers, and How to Crush ‘Em All

Pic by Rob (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

Pic by Rob (license: CC BY-NC 2.0)

Once I met a professional writer. Having 20+ novels published, she must be quite famous in Indonesia’s fiction writing scene. Our rendezvous point was a book store. After we had sat down on cozy, tiny couches in the corner, she said, “Please don’t ask me how to write. I hate that question.”

I was stunned.

Here’s the explanation.


Learn to Write by Reading

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I am pretty sure you know already the benefits of reading: Good for your brain, also good for your mental health. But, do you know that, if you want to write, you have to read more than average?

So, continue reading!

Learn to Write by Catching Ideas

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One excuse new bloggers frequently say when they stop writing, “I have no idea what to write.” And here is how I usually respond, “Getting new ideas is very easy. Writer’s block does not exist!

Let me prove it to you.


Learn to Write by Pushing Yourself to Write

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I am a firm believer of this ancient Greek saying, “Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.” If you want to master any skill, you have to practice regularly. The more you practice, the faster you master it. If you want to write well, write regularly. Period.

Okay. Not so period.


Learn to Write by Writing

Let’s write! – Pic by Pascal Maramis

You might have read countless writing tips from books and the internet. Even if you memorize them all, those techniques will be useless if you never do this particular one technique. It is actually the most important technique in learning to write.

Do you really wanna know?