6 Procrastination and writer’s block
It is a short step from writing apprehension and procrastination to writer’s block – ‘a temporary or chronic inability to put words on paper’ (Nelson, 1993, p. 1). In its extreme case, this means that nothing gets written for a week or two, a month or two, or even a year or two. Writers in this situation often complain that the task is too complex, that they have too much conflicting material to deal with, and that the task is just too big. Problems such as these make them depressed, their initial enthusiasm disappears, and they feel inadequate and not up to the job (see Table 4.6.2).