Writer’s block can occur in many ways. The most common occurrence is to sit down to write …. And go blank. We have all been there.
I get my best ideas when I am away from any ability to write things down, like driving, shower, housework, shops etc. Then when I get in front of the trusty laptop – nothing!
So, what to do? Some stuff is preparation and other ideas are for the moment.
- Declutter – your desk, your workspace, everywhere that will distract you. Check out an IKEA or similar brochures and create your workspace haven. Relish the feeling.
- Dress to write – sounds silly I know but it is amazing the difference it makes when you are in the right clothing for the task. You don’t feel right going for brisk work or gardening wearing office clothes – you can manage the task but it just doesn’t feel right. So do the things you would do if you were to go into an office environment for instance – like if you worked for a publishing company or magazine.
- Write down ideas everywhere – keep notebooks where you observe you get your ideas. I once worked with a professor that had a whiteboard ‘in’ his shower (I don’t know if it was 100% in his shower as such or that he could just lean out and write on it) – a bit extreme but you get the idea – even a whiteboard marker on the mirror would help! I now keep a notebook and a pen in my handbag for shops and red lights and in my washing basket!
- If you write on paper, try using coloured paper instead of white. If you type directly into a word processing, try changing the background colour, you may need to also change the font colour to say white (remember of course to return it to white for printing!).
- Write anything! Setting getting down names of fruit or flowers, breeds of dogs – anything just to get it moving but just keeping writing once your idea flows and don’t delete the ‘releasing text’ until you have finished the half hour, idea or block of writing.
- Reward yourself. When you have done either a few pages, half an hour or completed an idea, make a cup of tea, sit in nature etc.
- Be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you struggle. You are not alone with this and you won’t be the last one either! Take a deep breath and let it go. AND when you re read/edit your work. Remember that you will probably be your harshest critic.
- You will probably find it is a consistent theme in all my blogs! I include meditation in all my solutions – love it and find it is so powerful. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy – it isn’t even really what most people used to perceive of meditation. Simply sitting in a chair, eyes closed, hands palms up on your lap and long slow deep breaths for say 10 mins can have a profound impact.
So happy writing and please leave comments if this was helpful or if you have anything to add!