Has there ever been a time when you felt inspired to write but there were just no words? You have many ideas, but none of them suited the sudden, urgent need to write? You just want to pen a motivational story or an inspirational quote and send it out into the world?
I experience bursts of inspiration like that on occasion and it drives me nuts! It’s like I’ve grabbed a pen, put it to paper to write and find that the ink has dried up. Not only that, but something has sucked the very life out of the pen so that it crumbles in my grasp.
Well, maybe I should explain a bit further…
I have a lot of ideas, not just for writing, but other creative outlets as well. Add in the usual life stresses, mixed with a few less-than-usual stresses… mental clutter? It’s like a log jam or a clogged drain. The flow is missing.
I experienced this very thing last night. I couldn’t sleep and I was feeling a little creative so I went online. Nothing fun on Facebook, so I logged into WP and started reading blog posts from my feed. One in particular, a poem, full of emotion…
And just as fast as it came, it was gone.
Inspiration lost. (sigh)
I have read several articles and blog posts about writer’s block. I have written a few of my own. I have also read about different techniques, tips and tricks that people use to help ward it off. But I have yet to try them. Why? I don’t really know.
Here are some tips I’ve read about and should probably try:
1) Do Freewriting. Write every day for 10-15 minutes. No matter what comes to mind, just write and get it all out on paper. Eventually you may get some ideas stemming from those writings.
2) Step away from your writing and do anything that’s creative. Paint pictures, write poetry, design images in Photoshop, make a scrapbook or collage, or build something in the garage (wood or metal working, or cars). Work on another creative project for a few hours or days and then go back to writing.
3) Move your body. Exercise, yoga, dance, Tai Chi. This may sound funny, but when you get your body into flow, your mind follows.
4) Eliminate distractions. (Yeah, right! Come to my house for a day or two. This is NOT an invitation by the way). Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Clean up your work space. A cluttered desk puts the mind in a state of confusion. Carve out some time in your schedule just for writing. Ask loved ones to honor your space so you can write without interruptions, or write when everyone in the house is sleeping. Giving yourself time and space to be in solitude is important to staying focused.
There are several other tactics that you can find on Google or whatever search engine tickles your fancy.
references* and other links:
*7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
10 Ways to Combat Writer’s Block
Top 10 Guaranteed Ways to fight Writer’s Block
Fighting Writer’s Block — Part 1