So, writer's block.
I have come to the realization that writer’s block is not it’s own mental state or “problem” or “thing”. It (appears to be) always some other underlying issue the writer is having. We just call all these different things writer’s block (maybe because it’s an easier term).
So far, I’ve concluded that writer’s block can be a variety of things:
If I don’t have any motivation, I’ll find or make reasons to get off my butt and do something that makes me happy.
If I don’t have any inspiration, I’ll carry a notepad with me and look for new sources of inspiration everywhere.
If I’m afraid of creating a mediocre poem (or story, painting, sculpture, doodle, etc.) then I will remind myself to separate myself from my work. Keeping myself personally attached on the intimate level that most artists keep with their art, means that I will think mediocre work = mediocre creator. This is not a true statement.
If I think burn-out may be my block, I will pace myself better and take plenty of breaks. I love putting my hands in all the cookie jars, but I have to remind myself that I can only eat one cookie at a time!
This is the best way that I have found helps me with my creative block. Nonetheless, at the end of the day I also have to remind myself that if I am experiencing a block and none of the above solutions are working, it is okay to take a break. It is okay to step back for a while and focus on something other than writing, art, homework, or whatever task has me feeling blocked. You don’t have to be making masterpieces every day of the year. You don’t have to be creative or totally productive every day of the year.
I'm just your average fictional creature, living in a swampland by the sea.