“Writing about a writer’s block is better than no writing at all.”
– Charles Bukowski
Every writer has experienced it. Regardless of whether you’re a Uni student trying to finish an assignment or a professional author with a book deal and an audience of millions, sometimes the words just won’t come. You can’t concentrate, your brain is falling to pieces and everything you write is rubbish.
So what do you do about it? Unfortunately deadlines don’t wait for us to feel like it, and there’s nothing worse than feeling creatively blocked. Everyone has their own unique strategies, but here are some of the ones that have worked for me:
- Write stream-of-consciousness style for ten minutes as a warm up
- Close down the computer and write by hand (this one has got me through more than one essay alive)
- Exercise! Take a walk, dance around your room or do some quick yoga poses
- Speak your words out loud before you write them
- Read something that really inspires you, whether it be a passage from your favourite book or a post from your favourite blogger
- Do something childish and playful (swinging on a swing is my personal favourite)
- Call your best friend and laugh with them for half an hour
- Change up your environment
Do not engage in any of the following behaviours:
- Wallowing in an ocean of self-pity
- Deciding not to write until you feel like it
- Watching TV – this will just turn your brain even more into mush
- Waste your precious time reading too many articles about how to overcome writer’s block (except this one, of course)
So there we have it! You should be producing Tolstoy-like amounts of work before you know it.
What are your favourite tips for overcoming writer’s block? Do you agree or disagree with anything on my list? Let me know in the comments below, and happy writing.
Just relax and think of pretty things… Like flowers. Mmmmmmm, flowers.