College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
T. Marcus Christian
Writer's Block, Creativity, Writing, Writing a Book, Creative Writing, Christians and the Arts
Creative Writing | English Language and Literature
Hanberry, Molly Elizabeth, "The Supporting Role: Cultivating a Writing Life to Prevent and Combat Writer's Block" (2021). Masters Theses. 817.
Every writer will suffer from writer’s block from time to time, and there are two general schools of thought in dealing with this affliction: wait it out or struggle through. The purpose of this thesis is to illuminate the nature of writer’s block from a fundamental level, beginning with the neuroscience of creativity. From there, it will explore the three root causes of writer’s block: lack of inspiration, burnout, and fear. And finally, with an understanding of its causes, it will be possible to examine ways to combat writer’s block through methods based in neuroscience, personal experience, and professional advice from published authors.