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How to Make Writer's Block a Thing of the Past
What to Do When You Can't Write
You know the feeling all too well. You have an idea and the urge to put the idea on paper. You sit down in front of the computer; but, no matter how hard you try, you can not put you idea into words. You see, if you embark on this journey that is called writing, you will soon find that writer's block is inevitable. However, writer's block should not be feared. We all suffer from this dreaded condition from time to time, but there are things that we can do to help us get back on track should we become stuck in a mire of mixed-up thoughts and elusive words.
Take a Yoga Break
If you reach the point when the writing process is not working for you, perhaps you are too tense. Stress affects our thought process. If we are tired and stressed out, we can not think properly; therefore, we are only harming ourselves if we try to force our brains to work to the point of exhaustion. Perhaps you are working to hard or perhaps you have another pressing problem on your mind that is preventing the secretion of those proverbial creative juices. If stress or exhaustion is the problem, your body is telling you that it is time to relax.
When I suffer from writer's block, I take a yoga break. Doing yoga does not necessarily mean that you should force your body into the shape of a pretzel. Yoga is the act of uniting the body, the breath, and the mind. When we become stressed, our bodies and minds become out of sync, and we need to hit the reset button. It is amazing what 15-20 minutes of stretching and breathing can accomplish. If you do not do yoga, take a short walk or job around the block. The combination of movement with fresh air will refresh and renew.
Listen to Classical Music
Classical music is intellectually stimulating. The melodies and the harmonies of classical music can help restore focus and facilitate creativity. If you are not into classical music, try listening the to any music that you find inspiring.
Read a Book
When I am hit with writer's block, I read a book. When we read, we are exposing our minds to different writing styles, we are increasing our vocabulary, and we are waking up our imaginations. Reading is also a form of relaxation. Stressful situations often make me reach for escapist literature. Sometimes it is good to be in another place or another time in order to garner a fresh perspective.
Get Lost in the World
There is perhaps nothing more inspirational than nature. Find a park or a hiking trail and get lost in the beauty of nature. When we are alone with nature, we begin to see things in a different light. Take a journal with you as you spend time in nature because you never know what ideas will surface as you begin to reconnect with your inner self.
The next time writer's block rears its ugly head, do not become frustrated. There are ways to overcome blocks in the creative process. These ideas listed above are just a few suggestions. Perhaps you can think of a few more suggestions. The important thing to remember is that you should never quit writing because the problem, whatever it may be, will pass.