I didn’t want to write. In fact, the mere thought of writing caused my brain to become violent in its objections. An iron wall was slammed across the realm of creativity, and I stared at it, perplexed.
As I clearly am now an expert on the matter *cough* I thought I’d better share my discoveries with you.
Put It Down, Step Away From the Bomb
Sometimes you can push through a block, other times you can’t. DON’T DESPAIR. Leave your desk and writing implements and do something else.
If your pen is plastered to your finger, then write someone a letter. If it isn’t, go for a walk, wash up, put your books in alphabetical order, go for a trip, or save the world from murderous pandas.
Don’t Read Your Genre
Seriously. Don’t. Pick up a completely different genre and read that. Your objective is to distract your brain; to fool it into relaxing. Because then … then we spring, my brothers. Then we fall upon these pitiful blocks with our battle cries and war pens and- ahem. Sorry.
A first draft is allowed to be messy. A first draft is not a finished novel.
Vanquish Stage Fright
If you’ve built up your story in your mind as the story to end all stories, don’t. Push all pressure, awe and aspirations away. Cast ’em into the sea, chuck ’em in the dust bin or burn ’em with dragon fire.
These things can freeze your pen and hinder your creativity under the crushing weight of certain future greatness.
… and lastly
Don’t panic, for this too shall pass.
I managed to conquer my block the next day, the short story is now complete and is awaiting my butchering pen. Huzzah!
Other How To’s, because I am a Very Helpful Hedgehog: How To Write Five Thousand Words in One Evening // How to Acquire Books Without Becoming Penniless // How to Design a Front Cover For Your Book //
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A great list – particularly love fooling your brain into relaxing, a brilliant tip. In the Soothing Sense Book Club, I shared my top three books for creative blocks plus one that is free to download and looks at how to overcome creative blocks. I’m going to pop a link back to this page too if that is okay as loving your list. You can find the post here: https://soothingsense.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/book-club-creativity/.
Thank you : )
Excellent points. Especially about the stage fright. I think this of every new story I have – that it will be “the one” which just means I’ll never want to write it because I don’t want it to fail or have any flaws. lol.
Yes! That’s precisely it! It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so terribly annoying.
These are wonderful tips! I’ve only been writing for one day, so no writer’s block yet, but I’m sure this will come in handy at some point this month. 🙂
Thank you! Long may your streak last. But if you ever meet writer’s block, I’m sure you will defeat it with style 😀