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Unblock Your Writer's Block
Having writer's block can make you feel like your brain is twisting and twirling through the nether.
For many, it almost feels as if someone else has taken hold of their thought process, and is squeezing every last bit of creative juices from them. The worst part? You can't just say "stop it!" and make it go away. No, that would be far too easy. Instead, you have to deal with it, because, just like a bad cold, it's not leaving until it feels like it.
Luckily, there are a few possible solutions. One of the worst things for a blocked writer to do is continue trying to work through the block. Yes, we would all love to just power right on through it until we get our creative, thoughtful side back. But, once again, that isn't how it works.
Not that you should just give up when it hits. Oh no, there are plenty of options you can try before you give up. Having writer's block is a frustrating struggle, but it isn't the end of your writing career. It means your brain has been working so hard that it might enjoy a break.
When you want to write the last thing you want to even consider is writer's block. Though it does seem to sneak up on you when you least expect it, (and when you least need it!).
Here are a few ideas to help you combat that dreadful disorder that all writers loathe. Remember to take a deep breath and calm down.
- Walk Away! - Literally, go take a nice long walk and enjoy the scenery. You might be surprised how much it can clear your mind
- Consider some of your favorite things. - Think about things that make you happy, sometimes these will generate wonderful ideas
- Read a good book. - It might seem almost cruel to read a book when your own writing is blocked, but sometimes this small act can filter your mind and help you come up with your own ideas again
- What would you like to learn? - Think about things you would like to learn more about and then use them to your advantage.
- What are you good at? - Narrow down some of the aspects you are good at. You may be able to use them to help you figure out things to write about. Who knows, it might lead to your "Self-Help Best Seller!"
Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.— H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Switching up the Artistic Flow
Yes, writer's block is a real thing. Yes, it is an infuriating prospect for any writer. And, yes, sometimes the writer has to fold and walk away for a while.
It's always a good idea to try to calm, clear and reignite your mind and imagination. Here is where hobbies can come in handy. That might sound strange to some, but it is a proven fact that trading out what you're having trouble doing, for something else you enjoy, can break your block!
A hobby is an artistic venture. Finding and doing a few of the other fun and artsy things you like to do just might be the wrecking ball in your block wall.
Anything you enjoy doing can help. What kind of hobbies do you like?
Sporty? - Go Climbing, backpacking, swimming in the lake or ocean, mountain biking.
Outdoorsy? - Go camping, fishing, hunting, shooting.
A Homebody? - Grab some paint and a few interesting rocks and paint, play a favorite game, clean, redecorate.
There are options out there for everyone, and many of the hobbies listed above here can help with writer's block.
Studies have shown that people that get stuck in a rut often need a change of scenery. That doesn't mean you have to go on a big, expensive vacation, just change your room around. Redecorate the house or your favorite room. Paint the walls a happy color, these small things can help your stressed and bored mind out of its funk. And you know what that means...
Time To Write!!!
Take a Small Trip or Take a BIG Trip
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An amazing work of man-made art in motion.
Simply does not get any more beautiful.
Breathtaking and definitely awe inspiring.
Another amazing natural wonder.
Come on, it's even named after a saint!
Seriously, who doesn't want to see thin place?
Possibly the most beautiful place on the planet.
Try to remember that ever writer out there suffers from writer's block at some point. The thing to keep in mind is that it is only temporary. Even if it doesn't seem so likely to happen; it will pass.
There are tons of reasons you may experience writer's block. It could come from anywhere at any time. It isn't just triggered; it isn't something that can be predicted and it isn't something you can avoid.
With all the possible reasons that can cause writer's block, it is better to not try to figure out why it's hit. Instead, look for a way to ease it.
You may just need to calm down and give your mind some time to clear. In most cases, its stress that causes the block to start with. So do something that helps you to DE-stress and calm your mind.
- Take a long bath - Not only is a nice, long, and hot bath good for the highly coveted "me time", it is also a great way to let your mind drain and get those creative juices flowing.
- Take the dog for a walk - Pets are great for both causing and solving stress and taking them out for some fresh air and exercise is good for both of you.
- Go for a jog - Jogging at a steady pace has been shown to help clear the mind. And a clear mind is a creative playground.
- Exercise for 15 minutes - You don't have to run marathons to get in enough exercise to clear your mind. Don't like jogging or running? Just get up and do your favorite dance or goof off for 15 minutes.
- Go out to eat - Sometimes it's as simple as getting out and doing something.
- Go on a date - Something like a date can increase your creative process by giving you a little adrenaline to get going.
- Watch a movie with the family - It's often the simple things that can jar that block loose.
- Take a nap - Sometimes you just need to get some extra sleep.
- Draw, paint or craft - To get that creative writing flow going, do something else creative until your mind is ready to write again.
Use anything you can to distract your mind and help it clear. Not only will your writer's block go away, but you might just be a lot happier because of it! Every block-busting idea on this list is also great for DE-stressing and enjoying life to its fullest.
Write and Ramble it away with this, very literal, Writer's Block Journal!
- How to Beat Writer’s Block - The New Yorker
Maria Konnikova on how to overcome writer’s block.
- 7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block | WritersDigest.com
If you're struggling with writer's block, don't get discouraged. This happens to every great writer at some point, and it’s easy to overcome it. I get stuck many times in the middle of a novel. I lose my muse and don't feel like writing.
- How To Get Through Writer's Block; Affinity Magazine
We all have hobbies and they are called hobbies because they are things we actually enjoy doing.
- How to Overcome Writer's Block: 14 Tricks That Work
It happens to every writer. It's inevitable. Every writer ultimately struggles with writer's block. How do you overcome it?
How do you Bust your Writer's Block?
© 2011 Rachel Wesley