I take a break, relax, and come back a few minutes or even an hour later. I'm usually working on more than one hub at a time, so I'll work on another one if I lose my train of thought.
I pull a document or sheet of paper and just start typing (writing). Anything, really. It doesn't have to be literary. Stuff like:
I really wish I could think of how to get out of this mess. I just don't know how to say _____ or get _____ to the part where he ________. Maybe the problem is that I...
Sure, it's probably what's going through my head, but for some reason just typing whatever's going through my mind and sort of having a text based conversation with myself about being stuck eventually leads me to the answer. Staring at the ceiling and meditating helps, too. Anything that relaxes the tension that writer's block causes does.
I normally take a break. Sometimes it's best if you get up from the thing that is causing your frustration. I go and get a snack to eat, or I do a little reading or I watch some TV. This often helps with inspiration!
If I'm sitting down to write a new article, and I can't come up with a topic, I go to a list of topics I've already thought of and written down in less empty-headed times. I always find something on that list that I want to write about.
If I'm writing and can't seem to put words together or keep my train of thought, I get away from the computer. Usually a good bit of exercise helps, or just taking a short walk.
I have published under about a half-dozen names for about 25 years. I never have experienced writer's block. More commonly, I don't have time to write everything I want to.
When I have taught creative writing, a version of one of the techniques that I used was suggested here. I would ask students to write for three or four minutes without stopping. If they couldn't think of anything to say, they wrote, "I can't think of anything to say." At the end of the time, I asked them to look over what they wrote to see whether a thought was forming, then repeated the process two or three times. Almost invariably, they had discovered what they wanted to write by the third or fourth time.
I also look through the thousands of images I have shot around the world. That led to my Delhi traffic piece last week. And I keep a list of ideas that I want to explore as they occur to me.
Personally I get away from the stress and go do something that will take my mind off matter in hand. I do something outdoors, it takes stress away. Fishing is a great way to relieve stress. I do not care if I catch a single fish, just being out there with nature and being in a calm environment really helps. This works for me, but I make no promises for others, each person is different.
by outdoorsguy 8 years ago
Recently the last couple of weeks, I just cant seem to find something, anything to really write about. its not that theres nothing of interest. its just that I cant seem to frame anything about a topic. how do the rest of you deal with a Block.
by JWeber227 13 months ago
Can anyone tell me how I can break my 6 month writers block?? Any ideas to help anything!!
by Nicola Thompson 6 years ago
How do you defeat the dreaded Writers Block?What are some circumstances that HAVE TO be in place to get your Write On?
by sun goddess 10 years ago
anyone got a cure for a writer's block? it's frustrating when you're right in front of the pc and you don't have anything useful to blog about.... any topic you might suggest?and, uh.... well... i'm not really a good blogger or anything... but is there anything you could suggest to up my ratings...
by K Kiss 6 years ago
Are you suffering from what is called the 'Writer's block'?For months I have been unable to write something on hubpages. I have had brilliant ideas but I end up procrastinating and telling myself that those ideas are best left to be written later for the book I intend to write someday. In the...
by Elizabeth99 5 years ago
How do you cure writers block?When writers block strikes, what do you do to help yourself get back in the writing mood again and come up with something?
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