What the $%^& is writers block anyway?
Is it a real condition or just an excuse we use not to get motivated? I think it is real.
It occurs when I sit at my desk looking at whatever project I am working on for an hour straight and have to admit to myself: I’VE GOT NOTHING!!
Now if you don’t have a deadline, writers block is a matter of frustration. I simply go do something else and wait for a brilliant or at least an acceptable idea for the story.
- I do crafts. This relaxes me and takes my mind off the blockage.
- I simply write something besides the project in question—like my blog
- Visit groups on Facebook or tweet.
- Go for a walk/drive
- Organize something either on my laptop or something in my house. This is good to make up for the stuff I don’t do when I am writing.
My editor keeps me honest. She has this certain cartoon to send when she feels I need a nudge. It’s as subtle as a cattle prod but it does the job.
I even gave this to my step-son as he was writing his book.
For those poor souls who are on a deadline of sorts writers block can be paralysing. People get burned out easily as there is so much pressure to do it and do it well.
I suggest for you to be gentle with yourself. If you feel overwhelmed nothing is going to work unless you take a mini break. One half hour is not going to hurt you if you can’t write anyway.
I often get ideas when I am doing something else. I cannot write when out side factors are bogging me down. Nasty things like life can get in the way of the creative process. Arguments with friends family or co-workers can cloud your mind from the thing it really wants to do which is write. Meditate, breathe pray –or as Dr. Phil would say: DO WHAT WORKS!
I’d be in deep doo-doo if I ever suffered from this.
TAKE IT EASY AND REMEMBER “THIS TOO SHALL PASS.”