It happens to every writer: writer’s block. It may appear to be unavoidable or at the very least, insurmountable. I’m going to share with you, 7 tips on how to get back to work, but more importantly make it work for you.
- Blog. Write for an audience of any size. Nothing will make you feel invigorated like writing for someone other than yourself. Write about anything. All it takes is a taste of recognition. All else fails, you’ll have a blog to work with. Just don’t give up on writing. It has too many mediums to do such a heinous thing
- Watch videos of your favorite author, speaking about writing. Hearing the person who has inspired you talk about writing will kick those dusty gears into action!
- Think of why the world needs your writing. Dissect what makes your style unique, and then correlate it to the demands of the public. If you think it’s dry, then think of ways to spice it up. Make lists, form ideas, think hard. Many people think writer’s block applies only to actual novel ideas. In reality, it stands as an obstruction of anything writerly. Think of writing as a whole, then get the ball rolling with side-projects.
- Go for a walk around town. Studies have shown that taking walks– long or short– arouses creativity. While on this walk, listen to music that inspires you. Think of writing. Envision fictitious events that take place in the area you’re in. Similar to when you were a kid in the backseat, imagining a man doing parkour over the buildings you were speeding by. You’re in the city, listening to dramatic, orchestral music? Look around and take advantage of the landscape. Then go home and write about it.
- Take a break. Yes, you read that right. This is a last resort option, however. Indeed, when you can’t think of something to write about, it’s best not to reach for straws. The best works of fiction simply popped in the author’s head. Same here with both of my books. If nothing good is coming to you, give it time. It’s more difficult to connect to a story if it’s not written with your whole heart. Your brain just needs time to catch up and find the perfect inspiration. Just please, please make sure the intermission doesn’t go on for too long. If it seems unending, search everywhere for inspiration.
- If taking a break doesn’t work out for you, take time to write short stories or poems. Don’t starve your creativity. You don’t even have to love what you write… just make sure you’re writing. Taking the pen to the page will entice you and your mind. It will make you sharper and more prepared for a big idea.
- This is a preemptive strategy. It should be practiced when your writing is flowing. If it’s too late, I’m sorry for your loss. Just try the above-listed tips. Here’s what to do: Listen to a playlist of good songs. They will get old and you’ll change playlists often. But, personally, the nostalgia comes back in waves when I hear certain songs related to a specific time. Always keep your playlists! When you have lost inspiration or oomph to write, listen to them again. The memories will come back and you’ll want to do nothing but write. If you don’t listen to music when you write, then find something else that you can relate to at a later time. For me, autumn spurs creativity as well as music.
In the end, have faith that you will find an idea, that inspiration will arise, that you will be the best damn writer. After Surviving Lemon Lane, my first novel, I couldn’t find an idea if it were fluorescent in a dark room. Then it struck me in the form of a simple idea while driving around on my lunch hour. That was a year ago and I’m a little bit over halfway done. Mind you, I wrote dozens of pages of notes. Then I began writing. Currently, I have lost some motivation to write. I haven’t hit any walls or anything, no snags. I think I’m just overwhelmed with it. I’m also spending much more time with my girlfriend now that we work together. Beforehand, I would come home and she’d be in bed and I wouldn’t need to sleep till a few hours after. I would fill the time writing. Distraught by all this (and yet joyous that I’m seeing my girlfriend even a tiny bit more) I’ve more recently began writing blogs. The good news is that it’s slowly getting me back into the groove. I just wish I could reclaim the white-heat vigor I had when the nights were lonelier. It’s funny, the way inspiration comes in droves when the mind is solitary. In the end, writer’s block happens to the best of us, bare that in mind.
Follow these tips and my blog, and you won’t miss a beat or a bout. Now go write!