The Phenomenon of Flow States
There’s a secret most prolific writers know that others don’t: it’s that the best work is produced when you get into a “flow state.” Different people call it by different names, but everyone has experienced it at some point. It’s that magical feeling of being able to do a difficult task for a sustained period of time with effortless ease. Suddenly a task that used to seem impossible just flows.
It’s exactly this flow state that attracts us to the craft of writing – it’s what sends a shiver down our spine when we write. But what’s the major paradox of a flow state?
You can’t force your way into it, and the harder you try to fore it, the harder it becomes to access that state. That’s why staring at a blank page can often make your blockages even worse. In order to get into a writing flow state, you have to simply start writing while you’re NOT in a flow state. And that’s why you get “writer’s block.”
Many potential writers never get a grasp on this idea, and that’s why they fight a lifelong, uphill battle against “writer’s block.” I put “writer’s block” in quote marks, because once you understand how to get into a writing flow state you realize that writer’s block is NOT REAL.