This week, I’m returning to Writer’s Block. That’s because I have been suffering from it for a while, now. I have forced my writing and sometimes, it showed. Writers block is the term for when a writer can’t seem to find the words to express themselves. It’s a horrible feeling. I have some tricks to overcome it until it passes. It will pass. Remember that. It. Will. Pass. That’s one of the most important steps to dealing with it. Another important thing to remember is that it happens to every writer and is nothing to be ashamed of. Now on to the tricks. I found these to work well enough. I hope you will find them helpful.
First there’s brainstorming. Choose a technique and do it. Sometimes that’s enough to get you started. If not, try a different method of brainstorming. There are several out there.
Another trick is to sit down and try to force your way past the block. This is not the easiest way to do it. I usually pick a topic and try to write at least a hundred words on it. That can help you get past a block, but if it doesn’t, don’t worry about it. Writing your way through a block is a brute force method. It’s a last resort method. You should try another method of ‘curing’ your block first.
If you’re blocked and not up to forcing the words out, search the internet for a writing exercise. There are lots of them out there. You might find one that you think is interesting. Pick it and follow the instructions. Sometimes that’s all you need.
Another one, which is a form of writing exercise, is to take an object. Set it on the table in front of you and write a complete description of it. It might take a few objects, but , you will find yourself writing again.
If you are up to it, you can even go some place and write up a description of it. Exercise your descriptive muscles. That will both help you overcome a block and improve your descriptive skills.
If none of these work for you, and you have a deadline, sit in a quite place and meditate. Think about what you need to write. Let the thoughts flow through your mind. Don’t try to capture them. If they are good, they will come back when you finish your meditation. Meditation is a way to access your unconscious mind. Remember your unconscious mind is always processing something.
Whatever you do to combat writer’s block, know that the condition is temporary. It happens to everyone and it always passes. So the next time you confront a block, don’t despair. Try to relax and try one of these tricks. They might help you. Good luck and keep writing.