Perfect rubbish

I keep hearing people talk about writer’s block, but I sometimes wonder what people mean with that. I mean… Writer’s block. Is it even a real thing? Don’t get me wrong. I also have many days on which I don’t feel like writing. That’s not writer’s block. That’s laziness. Laziness is fine every now and then, as long as you don’t overdo it. If every day becomes a lazy day, you will not get any work done. I also have plenty of days where the day itself was not super inspiring from a writing perspective. Some days I have five things I want to write about. Bad luck. I can only pick one. On other days, I have nothing. That is, nothing particularly interesting. It doesn’t mean I can’t write though. I can always write about something.

Then, what is this writer’s block?

Perhaps it’s just perfectionism. People want their writing to be perfect. Ideally on the first try. Haha. Forget it. Writing is a skill and it needs training. It also requires that you numb your perfectionism a little. This can probably only be done by writing up – and sharing with the world – your suboptimal work. Perfectionism is a pain in the ass that is best curbed the moment it is observed. Writer’s block only exist in your head. Throw it in the garbage, and write about it. Get rid of it and write some perfect rubbish.

Let this post be your example.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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