Writer’s block helped to produce this very article

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Writer’s block has always been slightly an issue for me

I never really thought much of it: I always assumed that I would simply get over it and a spark would somehow eventually light in my brain and then pop out of my fingers onto a Word document.

Writer’s block was always simply about struggling to find something to write this week’s column on, or finding the best starting point for an English essay. I had never once believed that it would strike in the middle of writing a news story.

I suppose the view that I had adopted was quite naive – writer’s block is going to be an issue in absolutely everything that needs written. I hadn’t thought of the consequences.

Being a journalist means that I need to be able to write a decent story at the snap of an editor’s fingers, so it’s fair to say that when I was sitting in my news writing class last week and the writer’s block smacked me in the face, I was slightly overwhelmed.

What surprised me though, and is now the thing that makes me feel slightly more confident in my writing abilities, was that I was not alone. Two-thirds of the class sat frozen at their computers for the first five minutes.

And so it hit me: writer’s block , ladies and gentlemen, is experienced by absolutely everybody. What’s even more positive is the notion that even those who are training to be professional writers aren’t expected to pop out a story at any given moment.

Eventually, that spark in your brain lights, and out comes a sentence.

And if you’re ever properly struggling to find something to write about, here’s a tip: write about having writer’s block.

Usually, it produces something that’s publishable: in my case, this very article.