Ironically, it was a bad case of writer’s black that lead me to writing this post.
Writer’s block is such a pain in the neck. Trying to push out a piece of writing when it feels like there’s an actual block on your brain can lead to a lot of time wasting. Here are five ways to break that wall down.
1- Talk to a child
It’s amazing how insanely creative children can be. Ask your little sibling or cousin to tell you a story. Even if the conversation doesn’t give you any new ideas, it could still be very entertaining for everyone involved.
2- Keep a dream journal
Keep a little notebook near your bed. Write down your dreams as soon as possible, as much of them as you remember. When you’re drawing a blank, read through the journal. You never know what you might find lurking around in your subconscious.
3- Song lyrics
Listen to music to clear your mind, but pay close attention to the words in the lyrics. Allow your mind to travel with the music and pretty soon you’ll have a fairly well developed story plot.
Staring at a blank page isn’t gonna help anything. Get outside, get some exercise in. If walking isn’t your thing, give running or cycling a try. Getting some fresh air and getting your blood pumping could get the gears turning as well.
5- Take a break
This is my favorite writer’s block cure, though it doesn’t work well for when you’re on a deadline. Sometimes the best way to get your spark back is to just stop trying to force it. Take a break for a little bit. For me, it can sometimes be weeks before I write again. But when I do start writing again, I write piles of pages at a time.
Writer’s block is not the end of the world, however annoying it may be. There are many, many, many ways to get past it. You just have to find what works for you.