Ack, the dreaded writer’s block. While trying to come up with a topic for this blog post I hit the wall. Hard. Maybe it’s because I just came back from vacation and my brain is still arguing with the cold medicine I’ve been taking, but the more I thought about trying to write this post, the worse the block became. So I turned to the pros on Twitter, YOU. The advice and tips I received were very helpful and refreshing, not only because this was sound advice from other writers, but because I knew I wasn’t alone. We all go through writer’s block.
Here are some of my favorite tweet-tips from you:
Is it really writer’s block?
@gwenmccauley “1st I make sure its writer’s block not doneness.”
Just walk away:
@JaredIsham “think of where you don’t want your characters to go…then go there.”
@Asibelhodge “ Switch off. Often the best ideas come when not trying to think about them or brainstorm ideas with friends.“
Read something else:
@FearCake “Don’t matter about what or how bad it is I just write. The juices will flow sooner or later as long as I write.”
@adrianalikestea “I don’t know…maybe just do some journal writing? Just write whatever’s going on, etc. just to get juices flowing…”
@AlyzabethM “when I get writers block, I try not to think about what I’m writing at all. I let my subconscious work it out and it usually does.”
@jleigh612 “I make myself write badly for a bit. Sounds funny, but it really does work.”
@SamBeaven “I find sprints are good for breaking blocks. Choose an absurdly low word count, and write to it. Try dialogue too.”
@TravisLegge “Force yourself to sit down and write. Even if its crap you can go back and edit later.”
Go for a walk!
@badgerpendous “most say to keep writing anyway, I take walks… Lots of walks.”
@writeranonymous “Go for a walk, clear your head. Or stay at home, take a break, listen to some music (but different music than you had on before) or try writing everything that comes into your head as it comes. Just random thoughts if you have to. Even questioning the task!”
@dorifritzinger “Go for a brisk walk – strong pace and breath in deep – in through the nose – out through the mouth”
@theletterbox “participate in NaNoWriMo next November! That’s a way to force yourself to write!”
@puppybraille “I used beading to help conquer writers’ block because I was being creative, just without words. It unstuck the words for me.”
@grandopus “ask someone about their story during lunch today.”
@MikeConway “You have to create a blueprint for your writing. Writer’s block comes from lack of direction. If you know where you’re going then you can’t help but get there. Same for writing. If you know exactly where your story’s headed, and all the stops along the way, then you can’t help but finish your story. Do the extra work first, and the writing will be easy.”
Carol Housel writes for the Lulu Blog – Archived