Posted on January 21, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sometimes it's clear why you're not writing much or writing well.

Maybe it's health, maybe it's other obligations (professional or personal), maybe it's a complete lack of inspiration.

Other times, the funk seems to lack any rhyme or reason, and no amount of positive messaging can pull you out.

If that's the case, you might want to consider a theory from Jan O'Hara: that you've ego-trapped yourself.

O'Hara was listening to an evolutionary psychology podcast that discussed the phenomenon of ego-trapping — a "self-handicapping and self-sabotage that delays a public reckoning around unearned status" — when she realized it applies to the writing world, too.

She lists ways that the ego trap can manifest itself in writers, situations that enable ego-trapping, and most importantly, ways authors can break free from ego-trapping in a post at Writer Unboxed.

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