What To Do When You Catch Writer's Block Disease?
Poet's Writer's Block
Writer's block is frustrating for most poets; especially when one needs material for their poetry slam competitions. Many poets sit with a pen in their hand and a notebook in their lap for hours and nothing is written on the paper. If you are like me you may feel like you have no inspiration so you'll listen to your favorite poet on youtube to get inspiration. Some of us may take a break from writing and then come back when your mojo is back. Every poet goes through this frustrating phase and I have 6 effective ways of overcoming writer's block.
1. Get Your Blood Flowing. When you catch writer's block you need to stop writing and start exercising. I'm not talking about doing a complete insanity workout like Sean T where you're drenching with sweat, but I'm talking about doing enough exercise that gets your blood flowing. For example, you can walk around the park, ride a bike around the park, go to the gym and play basketball etc. Do anything that involves getting your heart rate up. Now you're probably asking me how is exercising going to help me put my words on paper? Well, exercising improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline. The Franklin Institute website which is the science of learning even stated that, "Movement and exercise increase breathing and heart rate so that more blood flows to the brain, enhancing energy production and waste removal. Always remember if blood flows then creativity flows.
2. Free Write Your Ideas. Most poets try to find the perfect rhyme, the perfect flow, the perfect description of how they feel or perfect description of their experience, and so on. Whatever comes to mind you need to write it on paper. If it's a certain word you are trying to rhyme to then you need to write down every word that does rhyme. If you need help with rhyming get a rhyming dictionary or google rhyming dictionary and you will find plently of searches. If you are looking for a perfect flow or that poetic flow then write down any words that connect to your story. For example, if I want to write a poem about my love for my wife and I want my poem to have a poetic flow then I need to write down words that describe my love for my wife. Love, wife, mind, write, smile, gorgeous, and man are my group of words. I would write:
"Being in love with my wife is the reason I write these rhymes between the lines,
I wish I could put a clock in my mind to show you that I think of you every time,
Her smile worth a fortune, she's intelligent and gorgeous,
Her love don't cost a thing but no man can afford it,"
When you write words that describe what you're talking about you will be able to pick the words you want to use in your poem and make something creative out of it. It is very effective and I've use this technique to write the poem, "Love Poetry For My Wife". I even have a live video of me performing this poem at http://wisdom25.hubpages.com/hub/Love-Poetry-For-My-Wife.
3. Just Write. I know this sounds simple and plain but it really is. If you really don't know what to write about just start writing. Don't think about how it sounds just write. Eventually you will have enough written on paper that you will find something in your writing that stands out to you. After you read what you wrote start revising your poem.
4. Drink Coffee. I don't care what nutrionists or diet experts say but caffeine is a great boost and it will stir your mind. It is also great to drink coffee if you don't have time to exercise. However, I don't recommend drinking coffee every single day but that's another topic.
5. Listen To Music. I recommend listening to jazz, r&b, piano instrumentals or anything that stimulates your mind to a peaceful state. Some poets like writing in peace and quiet and some poets like writing while listening to music. I believe certain music has a certain tune that brings out the creativity in poets. When I listen to music I feel good and think about my dreams, my wife and son, my day at work, the news, interesting things I read in a book and so on. Music that helps you relax opens your mind to write the truth about how you feel. When I wrote Restoration which is about me being molested and how I overcame it, I listened to jazz while writing out my past. You can read what I wrote; as well as see my live performance of this poem at http://wisdom25.hubpages.com/hub/MOLESTATION-RESTORATION.
6. Keep Writing. Yes! I want you poets to keep writing. The #1 thing that can prevent a lot of writer's block is if you write on a daily basis. A track star has to keep training to run in order to be a great runner. A UFC fighter has to keep training to fight in order to be a great fighter. A great dancer, singer, and rapper has to keep training their craft in order to be great. Poets have to train their writing skills and write on a daily basis in order to be a great poet. Once you accomplish that in your life, then the word writer's block does even exist in your mind.
If you poets out there have any questions about overcoming writer's block or wanting to be a better poet, feel free to message me, comment, or email me at email@example.com. I check my email everyday so I'm very quick to answer.
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