Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Writers Block? No problem!

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What do you do when the dreaded WB hits? Many authors dread it, their little agile fingers tap feverishly in the hope that the momentum stays, the flow gets stronger, and their fingers are as tired at the end of the day as their brain...but then it happens...

BLOCK...ugh!!!

The creative juices begin to dry and as you sense it happening panic sets in which seems to feed the speed of the impending doom that is lack of thought, clarity, and direction.

We cry, freak-out, throw things, cuss, and it changes nothing. The well is dry and all feels lost.
Do not fret! It has happened to many of us and will continue to happen for as long as a person takes a seat and attempts to put thought to paper (so to speak). There are things that you can do to try and avoid it, some of those things work and some don't. Below I have listed one or two that you could try should the dreaded BLOCK hit:

  • Go for a walk (personally, I find this one to be a great help)
  • Eliminate distractions (create a writing space, a place where you can write in peace).
  • Read a book (many authors do not like to do this for fear that subconsciously they will retain the information and they will accidentally include it in their own work...I assure this will not happen. Reading is a great way to stir up those creative juices and in my eyes, it kills two birds with one stone. You get to read a great book and you get your imagination flowing again)
  • Freewrite (I have tried this, and found it a great way to jot down ideas for other stories
  • Listen to music (I wish this worked for me, I tend to find myself dancing around the room and singing at the top of my lungs as if my life depended upon it - trust me, not a good idea, but that does not mean it won't work for you).
So the next time you find yourself sitting in front of your computer, clumps of hair in your clenched fists and face beet red with temper having been visited with the dreaded curse...STOP...TAKE A DEEP BREATH...AND STEP AWAY (but just to get a breath of fresh air).

It happens...even the best have suffered it at some stage (even if they don't admit it), you're in good company my friend.

p.s.  no birds were actually hurt in the typing of this blog


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