GETTING UNSTUCK FROM WRITERS BLOCK
Writers block. If you haven’t experienced it as a writer yet, you will at some point. For some writers, it’s a minor nuisance; and for others, it can be devastating because it can last for hours, days, months even.
I have occasionally experienced writers block, but not in the extreme. For those who struggle with it, I certainly have sympathy for you. When I have experienced it, it lasted for hours at a time and that’s very frustrating when you have a schedule and a deadline to meet.
IDEA TO OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK
It seem that writers have their own style and approach when it comes to getting unstuck. I thought I would share a technique that works for me. You might have a different solution, if so please let me know in the comments below.
First of all, if you come to a point in your writing, whether it’s commercial, you’re doing some copywriting, you’re writing a novel that you’re already contracted to complete, it doesn’t matter. Whatever kind of writing you’re doing, if you get to a point where you don’t know what to write anymore, you just don’t write!
Sounds obvious and simple, but I’ve learned that when I am stuck I can’t force. I just need to step away. Don’t stay where you’re at. Don’t sit there and stare at the computer for another half hour getting more and more frustrated. Just get up.
A BREATHING EXAMPLE
If I was sitting here working on something and it just wasn’t flowing, I’ll have to stand up and do some deep breathing. If you do yoga, it’s like the where you just breathe in very deep, circular breathes. And for me, it helps to just move around, move my body. This actually gets your blood flowing. Your brain needs oxygen to be at its creative potential and oxygen is brought to your brain through your blood. Sometimes when you’re sitting there writing, writer’s block can be a physiologically result.
If you do yoga, do some yoga poses. If you just want to move around, just get up and move. Don’t sit there and stare at the computer because it’s only going to get you more frustrated.
GET THE HECK OUT OF DODGE
Another thing you might want to do is just leave the room altogether and just get outside for a few minutes. Breathe some fresh air. The change of scenery and environment will make a big difference. I’m not saying that’s going to fix everything, obviously.
Sometimes, writer’s block can be a lot more serious than that. Try that first before you move on to anything more drastic than that. You could try and get your ideas flowing.