What is writer’s block? It is the same for all artist you are stuck on something. Usually, you have a great idea then have no idea how to get there. The words are not flowing or for the artist, the picture it is not coming together the way you would like. This can be said for literally everything. My husband is a developer and when he has an idea but cannot figure out the right code to use to make it just as he wants he gets frustrated. The same is true for even my son when he plays with his legos and cannot find the right piece to make it look as he wishes. For myself, it is when I can see an end to the tunnel but there is no middle and so many beginnings. But for now, we will stick with writer’s block in general though the solutions are all the same.
Writer’s block is one of the most frustrating things about writing, I think, other than trying to find followers. I call it the Devil’s Snare. Struggle and fight it all you want but it will only kill you faster. No matter how much you beat your head against the block it will not budge unless you have a very thick skull and are able to handle pain and enjoy it for that matter. I cannot so, I follow Hermione’s advice. I stop struggling sit still or go out for a walk in the sunshine. Right now the weather has been very cloudy so that has been hard to do but I still go out for a walk. The world is a wonderful place to find new ideas to work with.
Being still can mean so many things. Literally, it means just be fracking still! This world moves so fast and everyone wants it now,*cough* and we wonder why our children feel so entitled *cough* and pressure others to get it done NOW! Shut them up, turn off your inner editor and just let it come to you. So what if your romantic scene goes down the toilet I promise it will come back in another form. Sit still for at least 5 minutes a day, I know it is hard to, trust me I have 2 young children sitting down for even a moment is almost impossible, almost. But being still will give your mind a chance to relax and then wander. Daydream, I am a Pisces so I am ALWAYS daydreaming. When I was a child my mother would always ask me, where are you, what are you thinking about. I would always say nothing but that was not true I just did not want to share my special world with her. Don’t make that mistake share that special place with your readers. Sitting still allows the story to come to you. It gives your story a chance to come out of its dark hole, realize everything is calm and it has your attention. Stories are like small children they need your undivided attention.
Another way to handle writer’s block is to go for a walk, get out of your house and go somewhere else. I personally enjoy the library because I can skim read so many different stories and get wonderful ideas. The coffee shop is nice but can be too loud for me personally. You could also go somewhere popular such as the mall and just people watch. I have very good hearing and it helps me which is a blessing and a curse. My acute hearing helps me with my children I can hear what they are doing at all times, its a curse though because I always pick up on other people’s conversation usually when I am trying to have a conversation myself. The latter is always good for stories though it can be quite useful for dialogue in future stories.
My final piece of advice is to set the story down and walk away from it for a bit, just like you would a child having a temper tantrum. You will be surprised when you come back to it you are both in a better mood and are getting along again. I am sorry for all the child references but they are a big part of my world and I am quite thankful for them, they never leave me wanting for a story idea. Especially my dragon boy.
So in short:
What is writer’s block? Hell pure hell but it can be overcome. How?
- Stop struggling, and let the idea come to you. As they say, if it is meant to be then it shall be. If not well then shed a tear and move on.
2. Sit still, an overworked and constantly busy mind is a tired one.
3. Go for a walk in the sunshine, or go people watch but for goodness sakes quit banging your head against the wall.
What helps you with your work? Feel free to comment with any more tips and suggestions and let me know what you think of my post so far. Thank you, have a wonderful day.