Using Hypnotherapy to Overcome Writer's Block

Posted on: 24 June 2015

All writers suffer from writer's block at some point; it just comes with the territory. Usually it is short-lived and it isn't long before the next great (or not so great!) idea comes along, but from time to time writer's block can be truly paralysing and damaging, especially if the sufferer uses writing as a main source of income:

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy in which hypnosis is used to alter the state of consciousness. Once this is achieved, positive suggestion is then used to change feelings, thoughts, sensations and behaviour in the person receiving the hypnosis.

It is a way for the practitioner to communicate directly with the client's subconscious, and, in the process, by-pass the noisy conscious mind that is not nearly as open to suggestion.

How Can Hypnotherapy Really Help with Writer's Block? 

As author Ray Bradbury once said, "Better to get the subconscious to do the work for you, and get out of the way". There are myriad treasures for writers stored in the subconscious mind: memories, insights, captured images - things that are picked up and stored from everyday life that can add magic and sparkle to writing.

However, these tools can be difficult to access when the chattering conscious mind gets in the way. Hypnosis is a great resource for writers to access that treasure trove; not only can it help get over a creative block, it can also enrich writing immensely.

Writers have sought to access the subconscious mind for many years. In the 19th century, Georgie Hyde-Lees, wife of W.B.Yeats, and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan-Doyle experimented with a form called automatic writing. While these writers thought they were in some way accessing spirits or entities who were informing their writing, nowadays some believe that automatic writing is simply a form of self-hypnosis, allowing the writer to access their 'muse', or the contents of their subconscious. 

Can You  Hypnotise Yourself?

Whilst self-hypnosis may be worth a try (there are many videos on the internet that show how it is done), a sure-fire way of achieving success from hypnotherapy, and thereby unlocking your writer's block, is by visiting a trained hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapists know what they are doing and can use their knowledge to tap into your subconscious and turn your 'block' into 'flow'. They can also use suggestions that will be stored in your subconscious so that you can become unstuck more easily in the future.

To learn more, contact a company like Southside Psychology with any questions you have.