Tax Day, Wednesdays, long lines, bumper-to-bumper traffic are just a few things most people prefer not to deal with. Everyone has their own pet peeve and a less-than-thrilling activity that gets under their skin. For writers, go ahead and add writer’s block to that list. It’s that moment where you have hit a wall and your words seems to be sitting on your tongue and like a cranky child, those words refuse to listen. You know what you want to say but you can’t. It is the most frustrating and irritating feeling, so many thoughts and so few words. Before you face plant your keyboard, here are a few tricks to get around that pesky little block:
- Stop what you are doing. Immediately. Step away from the computer. Take a break; you may need just a five-minute break or a whole day’s worth. If you feel yourself getting frustrated and hitting that block, remember to just walk away.
- Work on a different task. Whether you have some house chores, work emails, or online shopping to attend to, do so. Getting your mind off of your current project will relieve that stress.
- Read something. Doesn’t matter what kind of writer you are, whether you write short stories or funny blogs, find something else to read. Read your favorite blogger or your favorite author. This can help trigger some ideas and thoughts.
- Get creative. Writing is an art form, whether or not your mom agrees with you. Use that block to channel your other creative juices. Paint, color, design—you never know what will inspire you!
- Take a shower. Literally. How many times have you had that perfect idea pop in your head during your bath time? Get squeaky clean and relax your body, which in return will relax your brain.
- Work out. Release those endorphins and shed a few pounds. Something as simple as a 30-minute walk can get your blood going and those positive feelings flowing.
The key to handling writer’s block is to take a deep breath, walk away, and relax. Forcing yourself to write will never bring good words together. Accept it. Writer’s block is a hazard of your occupation; it comes with the job title. Don’t beat yourself up over that little block; just give it a little time and voilà! You will be back to wordsmithing in no time. Good luck and happy writing!
This guest post is by Christine Kane from Internet Service Providers. She is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.