Writer’s Block To-Do List

8 12 2010

Suffering from a dose of writer’s block this week.  Writer’s block can originate from a variety of circumstances and strike when you seem to have the most momentum writing.  But as aggravating as it is, it can be a good thing.  Sometimes what you need is to step away from the stove and let your story simmer before you turn the heat back up and start writing again.

Still, what to do while you wait?  Bathe the dog?  Bash your head against a wall.  (I don’t recommend it.)  Rig your neighbor’s door with a pail of water?

Here are three things that might make your writer’s block pass a bit more peacefully.

 

3 To-Does

1 – READ.  When I write, I try to avoid reading any other fiction because I have a tendency to start copying the author’s writing style.  Thus said, I have a lot of books I need to catch up on.  What better time to read when you can’t write?  This does two things for you.  First, it takes your mind off work, which is sometimes needed.  Second, it refills your source of creativity.

2 – CLEAN.  Let’s be honest, we writer’s can get stuck in our own heads when working.  Sometimes we forget to take care of the room (or house), and the clutter of notebooks, papers, cups, pens, [INSERT ITEM]s, etc. can mess with your ability to think straight.  So tidy up a bit while you have nothing better to do.  If you keep a clean ship as it is, try rearranging your workspace.  Often times the static of a familiar work environment hinders creativity, and a different visual is needed.

3 – REST.  Merit Antares once said, “The only cure for writer’s block is insomnia.”  I LIKE that quote.  It gives me an excuse to stay up at ungodly hours and write, which is when my creativity peaks anyways.  However, I have to disagree.  Because after a week of going to bed at 5 a.m., I feel like crap and inadvertently give myself another dose of writer’s block from exhaustion.  This is where you practice self-discipline and do what’s good for your body, mind, and creativity, and…rest.

“Writer’s block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.”
– Terri Guillemets

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