Writer’s Block and Agraphia

Published: 10/08/2022 @BlogSpotMedia


Writer’s block is the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. This condition is common with writers (novelists), authors, content writers, lyricists. Writer’s block is more than just a mentality, under stress, a human brain will shift control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system. The limbic system is associated with the instinctual processes, such as ‘fight or flight’ response; and behavior is based on deeply engrained training. The limited input from the cerebral cortex hinders a person’s creative processes, which is replaced by the behaviors associated with the limbic system.

A writer may run out of inspiration, or be distracted by other events. Writer’s block can also be caused by a writer’s history in writing, rules and restrictions from the past. Writers can be hesitant of what they write based on how it will be perceived by the audience.

Some other causes of writer’s block has been due to the writer’s anxiety. Writer’s anxiety is defined as being worried with one’s words or thoughts, thus experiencing writer’s block, it includes fear of taking a risk, ‘chaos’ in the pre-writing stage, judging versus generating ideas, an inability to incubate ideas, or a lack of motivation. Other reasons for writer’s block include perfectionism, self-criticism and external pressure.


Agraphia is an impairment or a loss of a previous ability to write. With agraphia, the inability to write is due to issues with the cerebral cortex; this disables the brain’s process of translating thoughts into writing. Agraphia is a term applied to acquired disorders of spelling or writing caused by neurological damage in individual with normal premorbid literacy skills. Agraphia can occur in isolation, although it often occurs concurrently with other neurologic deficits such as alexia (impairments of reading), and aphasia (spoken language). Clinically agraphia can be divided into ‘central’ agraphia (also called ‘linguistic’ agraphia) and ‘peripheral’ agraphia ( also called ‘nonlinguistic’ agraphia).

There are several different agraphia profiles that variously result from impairments of spelling knowledge, sound-to-letter correspondences, letter-shape information, or motor control for handwriting.

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