Writer's Block is No Joke
Have you suffered from writers block?
Writers Block is one of the hardest times in a writer's life. It is a time where a writer just cannot produce in the writing sense. Ideas don't come and if they do, it's faint and hard to capitalize off of.
There are many reason that a person can have writers block. It can be fear, anxiety, panic, emotional situations in one's life, the list goes on. So many different things can attribute to this very troubling situation.
Getting through the blocking stage can take days, weeks, months, and sometimes years to get over. But there is hope. Identifying the reasons and solutions behind your writers block will help you get through and conquer.
Where do you begin?
Trying to just beat writers block by just doing anything can cause the block to grow. Writers block is a mental thing. Think of what happened around the time that it happened. Identify what emotion(s) you were having at the time. If you can seek out what you were feeling at the time your mind went blank, you have begun to try to over rule your writing woes.
Okay, I felt this way now what
It may seem a little tedious but figuring out why you were feeling however you were feeling is the next step. Did you feel nervous because you had a big presentation? Were you scared that what you were about to write about wasn't good enough? Could you have been letting outside forces affect your work? Realizing the feelings and why they were there is key to getting through.
What and why, onto the solution
As simple as the what and why seem, they can take some thought. But once you figure it out solving the problem can come in several different forms.
- Relaxation exercises (relaxing your body can relax your mind)
- Facing fears (think of the worst and get comfortable with it)
- Prompts (just the start of a sentence can get your juices flowing)
- Meditation (this clears your mind if done properly)
- Free writing (writing the first thing that comes to mind can get you going)
- Get a hobby (doing something other than writing can inspire you)
These are just a few things that can get the brain waves moving and the creativity running wild. Hopefully these examples give way to other ways you can kick the block.
Writers block doesn't last forever, especially if you are active in getting rid of it. And whenever the block comes just fight it off. Writers block is no joke, but you can make it just a hilarious past-time.
Below is a very cool short video that also gives tips on writers block.