By James Hill Jr.
You’ve been gazing at your screen for what, ten minutes now? If you’re playing the staring game, this is one contest you will not win. Every writer—aspiring or professional—gets this idea-suppressing condition at some point. It’s called Writer’s Block. For some, it feels like an impenetrable mountain they’re unable to scale. Its origins can be traced to feelings of fear, among other possibilities. Maybe you’re taking a college course where students are required to write a short manuscript that will be critiqued by their class. If you attend college, write for a living, or you’re trying to come up with the next Star Wars, Writer’s Block can slow your plans.
Here are five suggestions for overcoming Writer’s Block:
- Listen to Music – Put on your Beats by Dre headphones and crank up the volume (or don’t). There are so many genres to choose from: Pop, R & B, Jazz, etc. Even the stiffest of stiffs has a favorite song, if not a genre. Nothing wrong with a little rhythm to get the blood flowing. Nothing better than being inspired by a good song.
- Take a Drive – Instead of forcing an idea, sometimes getting out of the house works best. From personal experience, many of my ideas come to me when I’m running errands. If this happens to you, preserve every word and write them down when you get free time.
- Call a Friend – Maybe all you need is a conversation to jolt your creative gears. Call up someone you know you’ll have a stimulating conversation with. Reminiscence about the past if you need to. People are influenced by their own life experiences. How much more so for a writer when crafting a story!
- Workout – If you’ve wanted to sign up for a gym membership, there’s no time like the present. Hit the weights, treadmill, or go for a swim. Physical stimulation is good for the mind.
- Just Write – Like Nike says, “just do it.” You may feel like a dog chasing its own tail, but it’s productive. You’re getting your idea–any idea–out of your head and onto paper or screen. Where it needs to be. It may look like a jumbled mess at first, so don’t worry. You can focus on organization later.
You don’t just want to accept Writer’s Block and postpone (aka procrastinate) until your deadline gets closer. There is something you can do about it, and everyone responds to different methods when overcoming Writer’s Block.
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