“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” ~ John Rogers
Every writer has experienced writer’s block in one form or another at some point in their lives. Sometimes it’s bred from stress in one’s personal life but there can be other reasons, or sometimes seemingly no reason. Those times when there really isn’t a reason, is what I want to focus on in this post. I believe that the simplest cure for writer’s block is inspiration. All ya gotta do is rekindle the inspiration that got you here in the first place. Here are a few ideas how:
- Got a favorite book? Does it sound anything like the book you’re writing? Yes? Then reread it and think about why it’s one of your favorites. What do you enjoy about it that you would also like people to enjoy about your book?
- Like TV shows or movies? Know of any that remind you or make you think about the book that you’re writing? Watch them! They’ll get you thinking about your novel and reignite your creative flame in no time!
- Who are your closest confidants? Talk to them! Whether it’s your family, best friend, or neighbor, talk to someone who supports your writing endeavors and just toss around a few ideas. If they are excited to see what you are coming up with, it’ll motivate you to write!
- Writing about people? Go people watching and see what you can pick up on! I’m sure you’ll notice something interesting. Writing about animals? Observe your pets! They may not be able to speak, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t got something to tell you.
- Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break! Go for a walk, hold hands with your significant other, watch the sunset. Do anything that is relaxing and by morning you’ll have some positive vibes to continue your writing!
- Tried all this and it hasn’t worked? Then write. Just write. Notice that I said ‘just write’ not ‘write well’. That’s because you need to get over this blockage of thought rather than of writing. Write something, write anything. Just make yourself write. It might not come out sounding good, but remember that that’s alright. That’s what a first draft is for. Once you’ve got the ideas on paper you can do back and tweak/edit things later. Trust me, you’ll feel accomplished if you at least get a little writing done (which can make all the difference motivation wise).
I made this list from my own experience. One of my favorite series is the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. It is what made me aspire to be a writer in the first place. So, when I feel stuck I reread a Warriors book to get the inspiration back and pumping. I also watch things like Animal Planet’s Meerkat Manor to give me ideas and get me thinking again. Even shows that aren’t about meerkats sometimes give me ideas that make me want to write again. I even visit the zoo every so often to watch the little meerkats run around in person! All of that helps tremendously, but when I feel really stressed I just take a break. I exercise and play with my pets and read for my own enjoyment. Then, by the next morning, I’m usually ready to dive right back in.
I hope that’s helpful and if anyone else has any helpful hints on how to defeat writer’s block please share in the comments below!