Ever find yourself in a quagmire where you stare at a blank screen as if your life depended on it and yet are unable to produce a single sentence?;
Let me introduce you to the most common creative blockage that most writers suffer through : Writer’s Block.
Sounds daunting, right ? It, very well, is. Wikipedia describes it as, “a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.” It can last an hour or stretch longer with an author unable to create a work for years. Scary, I know.
But woe no more, imaginary half of this conversation. Here’s a list of 9 things you can do to overcome these unprompted bouts of uncreativity:
- Keep your inner demons in check.
Okay, that sounded a little dramatic, but that’s some sound advice I’m giving you, right there. Your inner critic is as important as an external one, if not more. In a time of a creativity drought, this critic can be especially mean. You may think whatever you’re writing is crap and will most probably be ripped apart by your readers. The smart thing to do then is to convince yourself that your work is as good as any and that the result should not, in any way, hinder your progress.
- Unplug. Focus.
Get rid of all possible distractions. You are a writer, so get busy writing. Limiting the distractions can serve as a good booster. Start by shutting off all sorts of technology. Go primitive. Tumblr is not your friend, your pen is. So take out a pen and a pad and start writing.
- Get that adrenaline rushing.
Run, jog, lift, hop. Do anything to feel worked up. You need to feel alive for your work to feel alive. Nobody wants to read a flat piece devoid of emotions. Try playing a game if aforementioned tasks are too much work. Play Monopoly, if you like. The bad news is you will lose substantial relationships. The good news, on the other hand, is that now you have something to write about! (It’s a win-win, really.)
- Create a routine.
Sounds dull, I know. But this little trick can work wonders for someone going through a block. The best way to pull that potential out of you is to follow a routine. It is no co-incidence that most successful authors. Stephen King has one. So does Maya Angelou and Haruki Murakami.
- Shake it up.
, we’ve got you covered. Reading a book or listening to music can deliver This may come off as a little contradictory to the previous advice but hear me out. It can be hard to find a muse, sitting within four walls with only a screen to stare at. So go change the environment. Go for a walk. Sit down at a coffee shop. Look around, there are plenty of things to write about.
Not much of a wanderer? You take the phrase Home Sweet Home to a new level? Don’t worrysimilar results. So put on some Japanese death metal and shake it up a little!
- Phone a friend.
Solidarity can be tough. Being a lone rider sounds cool but it’s just not enough. Meeting up with someone close to you or even an old friend can give you the right push towards writing again. These conversations can not only provide new ideas to explore but the people can also present you with the right kind of motivation to get you back on track.
Sometimes looking for answers inside is all you need. What you require is to get your brain cells working. Deliberate. Conceptualize. You may find that the best of ideas were there all along. You just have to find it.
- Just write.
You may be sitting on your desk, scouring you brain for that right word or that perfect opening in order to get to that amazing middle you’ve planned out . Don’t fret over it too much. There’s no rule book that says you can’t start from the middle. Start from the end, if you want. Change up the way of writing. Make it more interesting for yourself. Have fun.
I’ve saved the best for last. The best kind of writing is passionate writing. And what more expressive passion than rage? So rage, my friend. Rage like it’s nobody’s business. Vent about how you hate ketchup or how it feels when popcorn gets stuck at the back of your throat or when someone else eats the last piece of pizza. This is the catharsis you need. Once you get the words flowing, you’re good to go. For a while stop writing for your readers, write for yourself.
So there you have you it. Some of these tricks may work one and not for another. So pick that which suits you and delve into the magic that is writing.
As H. Jackson Brown Jr. puts it, “Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.”