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10 Easy Tips To Blast Open Writers Block
We as writers can get very frustrated from time to time trying to fuel our inspiration to write more. We love to write and we have lots of ideas somewhere in that brain of ours, but then we sit down at the computer and stare at the keys till our eyes cross.
When things get blurry, it's time we unlock the flood gates of our mind and start filling it full of valuable inspiration that causes our writing abilities to gush out of us like a pounding waterfall flowing free and powerful. I don't know about you, but I get tired of little trickles here and there, like the excess rain in a sofet, but I would rather it be Niagara Falls, a wonder of the world, an attraction, something people will never forget, a lasting impression that will draw repeated visitors. I am sure you got the picture.
Now the question is, " What can I do to blast open this writer block?"
1. Quit trying to think of what to write next. Yes, I know what I just said. You run into big problems in your writing when you are spending all your efforts angry at yourself for not thinking of something exciting to write about. Often times when you searching through the exhausted commentaries of your mind you lack the passion, excitement, enthusiasm, creativity, style and the heart. I have edited and discarded many songs I had written cause they had desperate written all over them instead of a keeper or masterpiece. I have had super spontaneous inspiration that came so naturally and reflected original talent, but many times I had to glean in other fields rather than my own to induce an idea.
2. Read, read and read some more. The amazing thing about a gifted writer is they can be reading and find something that inspires them that may not even be related to exactly what they were reading. Reading fill the imagination, it allows you to picture the details, sometimes the details you picture exceed the the descriptive paragraph you just read. I have read the title to a chapter and put the book away completely inspired. Sometimes you have to dig, other times it's waving at you.
3. Release your hidden feelings. You can write volumes just about yourself, but no-one even has to know it. It is very healthy to journal your feelings, doctors even suggest that. If your private you can even disguise that it's you and write about an unnamed party. Give your own advise. If you are going through a tough situation study how to deal with it,it's fresh in your soul it will be very captivating to the reader and very beneficial to you as well. The greatest writing you will ever do will be an echo from the voice of experience. Be you, anyone can jot someone elses eforts and experiences.
4. Take your time, don't hurry yourself, inspiration will come. You just might need more rest or play time. Plenty of sleep and recreation allowances are a necessity so give in and come back to the computer or tablet later.
5. Keep scrap paper, notes books, voice recorders, palm pilots or any memory jogger reminder device around you at all times. How many times have you slapped yourself silly for not writing down that heavenly idea you thought to write about. I reluctantly have to admit I have several mental trash cans full of pieces of art that I failed to preserve at my moment of inspiration. Sometimes you are able to retrieve, but most of the time they are gone forever so for goodness sake be prepared, you'll be glad you were. Next time you have writers block you can pull out that recorded or written information and poof you start writing simple as that.
6. You work, dream and live out good things to write about.
Give people insightful tips that involve your line of work or hobby. Look around your house, listen to your children ( you won't be able to type fast enough), share your supper ( the world would love to know your secret to crispy fried chicken or the story behind grandma's tasty rolls)and everything you dream to be, live out through your writing.
7. Meditate - Spiritual meditation and prayer calms your nerves, anxiety and gives you purpose. Divine inspiration helps you surpass your limitations and even surprise yourself when you read the finished product.
8. Let nature inspire . Whether you take a vacation, relax on your patio, walk through the park or flip through a magazine explore God's creation. The complex detail of all nature continuously rings out a new melody, beats to a poetic stanza, fills a leather binder nicely and releases brand new ideas like the fresh morning dew every morning.
9. Listen to speeches or music. Listening can challenge you to think harder and create visuals.
10. Don't prejudge ! How many times have you thought of great ideas, but then you put them on the shelf or completely done away with them because you prejudged what your readers would think, whether they would be boring or not beneficial.
Don't pre-judge, try it.! I say this from experience, some of my most popular songs were those I kept stuck in my note book for years until one day I decided to be brave. Oh! I have aggravated myself for hoarding treasures. Like the old saying goes, " One mans junk is another mans treasures." Your so-called crazy idea might be your ticket to stardom as a writer.
Next time you get writers block, just be easy on yourself ,put on your wings and explore. " You've got what it takes baby, you just got to discover what it is that unlocks your passion and delievers the message that dictates your heart."
GO FOR IT:)