May 31, 2012

by English Muse

The little pesky problem has been waiting for me for weeks.  It was hiding just around the corner of last weekend, waiting for me to get comfortable with the blank pages and time to fill them.  It waited until the routine of work resumed this week, then pounced.

Writer’s block always hits me in the midst of a good stretch of creativity.  I have yet to figure out what works for me, but I often advise my tutoring students to try a few tactics when they can’t seem to compose an essay: go for a walk, read a book, do a little research, take a nap, listen to music, or anything to break yourself away from the blank pages.  My students seem to have more success beating writer’s block than I do.

Do you have any writer’s block/creative block-beating ideas?  Please share!

until next Thursday,

Katie (unwritten, untitled)

p.s. You might enjoy this infographic about writer’s block.

 

[image 1: original source unsure, pinned here/image 2: source also unknown, pinned here/image 3: write on art print from Keep Calm Shop]

 

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7 Responses to “Writer’s Block”

  1. Sonia says:

    I struggle with writer’s block too. It can be incredibly debilitating, bleeding into every aspect of your life. I think what helped me is to just be present and show up, even if it means sitting in front of a blank page. Just show up.
    Writing is both affliction and balm, disabling when I’m unable to express myself, and a salve when nothing else will do.
    I wrote about it on my blog:

    http://lapiestory.blogspot.com/2012/03/henry-millers-commandments.html

    Thanks for sharing your own frustrations. I think it’s important to realize that all writers share the same trials and tribulations. It’s a process.

  2. Kim says:

    Oh noooo! I´m so sorry to read a bloggers worst nightmare here..

    My best advice would be that you should not force yourself to write if you feel like you´ve temporary lost your ´writing mojo´ as that can have a negative effect on the blogposts, and more important; your mood.

    What about contacting some friendly bloggers who are willing to write a guestpost on your blog? I always get inspired to write after guestposts are published on my blog (www.dailyblog.nl)
    Maybe you can ask your readers for their input on topics, stories or photo´s?

    Taking a short break could also be a good idea, but I personally think that you should not stay alone (and be frustrated) with your own thoughts. Search for company, get out of the house and explore to get inspired!

  3. Naomi Bulger says:

    I have one method that never fails to work – I think it’s a right brain / left brain thing, though I’m not sure…

    I put in headphones and listen to music while I walk around the art gallery. I don’t think about my writing or my work or anything else, I just immerse myself in the art, while the music removes me from the rest of the world so the context is changed. Depending on where you live, I recommend walking to the gallery too. That walk to and from, still listening to music, then strolling through rooms and halls of art you love and art you dislike and art that chimes inside and art you don’t understand… all of this somehow frees up my creative subconscious and gets the ideas flowing again.

  4. R.A. Kerr says:

    These are some great suggestions! For me (and this doesn’t work for everyone), I have to give myself a deadline. This really helps me focus and, although it’s a struggle at first, soon the words start to flow. Of course, chocolate helps!

  5. Jo says:

    I get my pen and paper out and I doodle lots, really go mad and scribble, just lines mostly. Then I put my mind to the task in hand and start writing little bits of words in all the spaces and around until I’ve built up to a way in to the piece. I think sometimes just sitting down is to much like a standing start and a blank page is damned scary – by actually putting a pen to paper and making marks on a page it’s like getting into the starting blocks.
    (Also, sometimes if I feel a creative block over an idea . . . I just don’t bother doing it)

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