How to Break Through Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block. Hmmm…. everyone talks about it. But is it really a block?

Or are we just stuck in our heads too much. You know, all those should, could, would thoughts. Or even those demeaning thoughts we have about ourselves and our self-worth. Well, I’ve got some unique ways for you to break through all of that and it may be easier than you think.

  1. Look around you. Notice pictures on the wall. Maybe art on a book shelf. Or just look at the book titles on the book shelf. Where did they come from? Gifts? Art shows? Friends? Just ‘remember’ for a wee bit and see if your block gets jogged a little.
  2. Do you have a box or album of photos you can peek at? Or maybe a file on your computer? If so, look at some older ones. Back a couple years ago. Something will catch your eye and tickle a memory. Go with it for awhile.
  3. Find your address book. If you’re like me, it’s probably decades old with lots of crossed out items and notes on the sides of the pages. Or maybe you have an even older one lying around somewhere. Browse through it. Think about the items that are crossed out. Who were those names? Where did they go? How do you know them?
  4. Is you have your resume handy? If not, just think about jobs you’ve had. If you’re old like me, go back to your childhood. Do you remember your first job? Let your mind wander for a bit.
  5. Do you color or draw? I’m addicted to coloring. I love DoodleArt posters and all the new coloring books for adults. I won’t even admit to how many books and posters I have nor what the heck I’m going to do with the ones I’ve completed! But the point here is that when I’m coloring, I’m keeping just busy enough for my brain to kind of do some free-thinking. Before long, I notice that I’m feeling more relaxed. At this point, quite often, I can return to my writing and the block is gone. Give it a try. If you don’t color, try sketching or working on a puzzle or solving a Sudoku puzzle.

Now you’re probably wondering what good all this meandering down memory lane does. Well, often we are trying so hard to write that we get ‘brain freeze.’ Yes, just like when you eat something cold too fast except without the pain! Just kidding. In this case it’s that we’re trying so hard that we’re actually getting an opposite reaction.

Remember when you were young and stuck on the answer to a math problem? Were you lucky enough to have someone tell you that after a time, you should just walk away and do something for a bit. Then come back to the math problem. More often than not, you’ll immediately see the error and fix it.

These writer’s block-busting techniques work the same way. You’re stuck. You don’t feel one speck of creativity. Now fear sets in. All those worries: I’ll never get this done, I’m not really a writer, I should have never started this project. Using these techniques move you out of that circular thinking and down a new path. The brain wakes and gets excited again. You’re feeling creative. After a short time, you will be able to return to your writing feeling lighter and ready to continue your project. We just need to get out of own way.

Here’s to your creativity!

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