The thrill of the blank page calls to the writer’s soul. Doesn’t it?
It doesn’t matter if you are a poet or writing about current events, there is a certain giddy anticipation when sitting down at the writing desk or computer.
And that’s why you’re here, right?
You have stared at that blank page or screen so long that you are starting to go cross-eyed. You have the horrible condition known as WRITER’S BLOCK. (Dun dun DUN!)
Never fear, dear reader! There is a solution (many in fact). It’s just a matter of finding what works for YOU. Here are a few of my favorites. Maybe one will work for you too.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but if you can’t write then you should step away from it for a bit.
Basically, do SOMETHING ELSE for awhile. Work on some other project or productivity item.
One great thing to do if you are a creative is to work on other art. Most of the writers I know are multi-discipline artists. They also paint or play an instrument or dance, etc, so they do one of their other arts for while.
For me, it’s drawing or painting. On the rare days that I can’t find the words for what I am working on, I will pull out my sketch book and doodle for a while. Or if I have a personal project in another discipline, I will work on it.
WALK IT OFF
If the mental exercise is too taxing, do something physical.
Walk around the block. Jump rope. Lift weights or use resistance bands. Get on the treadmill if you have one.
Personally, I get out my hula hoop or poi and practice the tricks I have learned.
After you have relaxed, done some other art, and walked it off (or any single or combination of the above), it’s important to get right back at it and write something ANYTHING on your project.
It’s important to JUST WRITE and not worry about perfection. The desire for each word to be immaculately perfect is the main reason a lot of us choke up when we are writing.
LET THAT GO.
Seriously. Let. It. Go. Just start typing or writing and let the words be all over the place and rambling and not quite how you (or your client) want them.
YOU CAN EDIT IT.
That’s right. You can go back when you have done your writing and do all the revisions and rearranging you want to. SO…
I hope that these suggestions helped you. If you have something that usually works for you, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!