Getting around Writer’s Block

January 8th, 2014 by Sit up a Tree

Writer’s Block affects most writers, if now all, at some point or another. It isn’t the end of the world when this happens, all you need is a few handy tips to clear the blockage and get back to work. The longer you live with Writer’s Block, the harder it will be to get back into the swing of things again so it is best to recover as fast as possible.

Here are a few handy exercises and tips for curing Writer’s Block

  • Stop working on the offending project(s) for a while and switch to something new and just start writing. Write anything. Whatever comes to mind, put it on the page- everything- even “I can’t think of anything!!”. That way you are opening the channels for creativity and getting the brain working on outputting words again.
  • Get out and get some fresh air. This may sound like a stupid suggestion but it really does help! Fresh air will improve circulation, wake you up and can help you find the inspiration you need. If you look around, you may even find a new story to work on from the things you see.
  • Do some ‘people-watching’ find a place to sit with a notebook and see people who go past. See a person and try to put a story to the cues they give, such as posture and their visible emotions. This can be as outlandish or unlikely as you want, just keep trying to get the creative juices flowing (Doing this can also create you some interesting characters for use in projects). Remember to be discreet otherwise people may act strangely around you or feel creeped out.
  • Go and do normal activities around the house or outdoors and ask yourself ‘How would ‘Character’s name’ feel in this situation?’ or ‘How would ‘Character’s name’ do this?’ It could be as simple as the way the character might hold the dish brush or how they’d transfer laundry from the washer to the dryer.
  • If you tend to insult yourself or your work when you suffer Writer’s Block, stop immediately. Changing your thinking changes your attitude; it will stop you thinking about failure and will help you to relax. You don’t want a critic constantly jabbing you as you work and you are no exception.
  • While suffering from Writer’s Block you have to leave your projects alone. Do not delete anything, no matter how stupid it seems at the time, it may turn out to work really well when you come back to it later. If you really cannot stand to see the parts you have just written, cut them from the file and paste them in another and save it as another file. Only delete something when you are writing with flow again and 100% sure it has to go.
  • Another good exercise is to try and make up a character. Think of a name and ask yourself questions about the character as if you were interviewing them for a magazine. Don’t disregard anything, this is merely an exercise to get the kink out of the creativity hose, it could be a talking duck called Splat who lives in a crater of Jupiter. If that’s what comes to you, just go with it.

The main thing to remember is not to beat yourself up about it. Everyone gets writer’s block, even non-writers, so just take your time to get back into it and be nice to yourself.

I hope these tips help you deal with your writer’s block and hope you can get back into things very soon. Writer’s block is common and repeatedly happens to most writers so just enjoy the process of expanding your creative abilities with these exercises and enjoy the feeling of writing freely again when you do. Good luck!

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