“It will never happen to me” I once proclaimed. Writer’s block is not an issue that I could relate too. My ideas sped through my mind and in creating this blog, I remember thinking – how will I manage to post all these articles?
Fast-forward to now and I write consecutively. I write freelance, my work involves writing and I am a contributor and have been for a couple of publications. Ideas are the source for wonderful pieces of text; the perfect title makes me effortlessly sprint my fingers across my keyboard and satisfactorily take pleasure in what I have just achieved.
Writer’s block leaves me anxious – nervy; I suddenly want to delete my blogs recent section and ponder at what moment my work lost its zest. Writer’s block is an illness to anyone who loves to share words and put pen to paper. It is a loss of passion and creativity and when I am unable to write, it is my art slowly dying within.
When I find myself through these bland waters, I use these steps to swim to shore:
Accept that it’s normal
There is no shame in finding your mind at the door of an imaginary wall. Our brains are human and if you have a creative gene crafting through your veins, you are certainly entitled to a break or a loss of words every once in a while.
Before I start branding myself a failure and searching for another career, I cut myself some slack.
Take a complete break
Avoiding blogs and writing in general. I distract myself through cooking, chatting with friends and cardio – sweat the tension out of me. I know if I stay near my laptop, the stress of writer’s block will continue to consume me, even if I am browsing the latest fashion.
Read something new
As much as I adore any words relating to self-love or positive growth, at times I need to push those suggestions aside and explore new avenues.
I look for publications that I am unfamiliar with; I search for opinion from people who I have not heard of. They say to achieve growth or to push yourself further, you have to expand from your box and be willing to step away from your comfort zone.
Read your favourites
Because as good as it to expand your box, there is a great ease in looking at your favourite writers and bloggers and seeing where their thoughts are taking them. I am against stealing ideas – especially unaccredited. Nevertheless if you can read a person’s work and find your own self within; it usually makes for great writers block release.
The trick here is not to spin their idea, but rather allow their opinions to absorb in and give you more food for thought.
Rarely do I have the luxury to indulge in educating myself on the world of culture – what is happening in the art world, where are latest exhibitions and who is currently redefining creativity?
Although I am not a painter and in many ways, my creativity is structured to only a certain amount of talent, I believe that one person’s artistic inspiration can influence another persons imagination. I open myself up to being inspired by a person who is worlds away from my main focus.
Create a mind map
It is as though I am trapped in a classroom when I put these diagrams together; however I am now free to select what my mind map is about. I am slightly addicted. The minute I start to jot my thoughts down, this cloud of tension eases over me. Many times, I write down 20 ideas and 1 gets chosen – but those 20 helped to make that 1 article a success.
You do not need to always write an exact title. It’s helpful to put down any topic or terms which makes you stop – perhaps something which caught your attention. It is invaluable later.
Browse your previous work
I like to read my favourite blog posts. They are not necessarily the most popular; they are the ones that gave me joy to type and a sense of feeling proud. It is rare for me to applaud my work and so I tend to really value when a piece of writing is considered good in my eyes.
What better person to encourage the demise of your writer’s block; you have to be hugely influenced by your own mind. Going through your work grants you the privilege of copying and taking whatever parts of writing that you wish.
If you are at a loss, simply ask your friends or a person who motivates you. I either interrogate on what people are reading or what in their life presently has made them angry, upset, positive etc. In addition, I think of a topic and then ask what springs to mind.
How do you cure writer’s block?