Some never have it.
Some are always moaning about it.
Others pretend that it doesn’t affect them.
Yet others power through and do it anyway.
All of the above groups of people have faced Writer’s Block, at some point or the other. The thing is, it doesn’t even necessarily mean that you are stuck for ideas. No, that’s just one meaning of Writer’s Block.
What do you do when you want to blog/write but the ideas don’t come out the way you want them to? There’s this germ of an incredible concept sitting in your brain, waiting for release. Sadly, that defeatist attitude creeps in, the one that says , ‘You’re worthless. You know you can’t say it right. So don’t bother wasting words and making a fool of yourself.’ That germ just curls up into a shell, dissolving into a cocoon of self-pity and prefers the darkness of the mind to the light of the written word.
Okay, too many mixed metaphors in that last sentence, but you get the idea, right?
So, here are 3 quick tips to break the block!
Just pick up a pen or open the laptop and write the first thing that comes into your mind. Nothing comes to mind? No problem. Describe your surroundings. Something will pop from that and you can use that as an idea for your next post.
For instance: ‘I’m sitting at this really old table that has a dark, mahogany finish. I know we should have gone for a glossy top instead of matte, so I can see my reflection in it on the days that I am stuck for words, like today. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing because I’d never leave the table and take a walk out to the balcony where I see the bluest piece of sky with just a hint of white clouds, chasing each other with their cotton bobtails.‘
Make a list:
I love lists. They give me a sense of order amidst the chaos, a lull in the medley of thoughts rushing through my brain at any given point of time. List-making is a calming activity that regulates the speed of your thought and organises the clutter in your head.
The very therapeutic effect of this will be visible when you finish writing the list. A quiet pride will emerge and the clattering train of thought would have slowed down to a manageable pace such that you can hop back on. This time, though, an idea will flow very easily. Try it!
Read a book about writing:
Really? Yes, really! I kind of lost my writing mojo after the A-Z challenge in April, but I dove straight into Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones and it’s been an eye-opening experience. She gives invaluable tips and insights on how to wrench words from the barren spaces of your being and breathe life into them- magical, vibrating, pulsating life. You just need to read a chapter a day. Nothing more.
Another book that I find incredibly inspiring is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. From seasoned authors to sporadic bloggers, they are all in this book. In bite-sized stories, they tell you what it took for them to remove the shackles from their writing. You just know there’s something in it for you.
So, what do you do to break free of the ‘curse’ that is writer’s block?
Is there something that really clicks for you?
Can you share in the comments?
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