5 Writer’s Block Cures That Aren’t Coffee
5 Writer’s Block Cures That Aren’t Coffee
It doesn’t matter how much of a professional you are, writing for a living can be mentally taxing. In fact, being a creative period has its flaws. In your arsenal of craft enhancing tools, be prepared to face the downside of constantly creating. After all, writer’s block is inevitable for most of us. If you are tired of staring blindly at the screen and hoping the words will magically appear, these suggestions are worth the try.
Full disclosure, I’ve tested all these writer’s block cures and found them to be absolutely inspiring. However, just because they work for me, it doesn’t mean they will work so perfectly for you. The idea here is to get you thinking about alternative methods to jumpstart your creative process again should writer”s block strike. That being said, here are my top five writers block cures.
Fight writer’s block by stimulating your senses.
I know you have a rhythm. You have your favorite place to sit and write, because it is quiet and cozy or it’s boisterous and great for people watching. Your system works…most days. On this day though, not even your special coffee blend will jump start your writing. It sucks. It maybe time to try a different setting.
Your routine is perfect, but normal conditions don’t always apply. Sometimes, when your muse has vacated, it is because she/he is bored. Siting in the same place, drinking the same beverage, and writing the same way has caused your muse to drift. Your mind is your greatest writing tool, and it needs to be fed new ideas, scenes, stories to keep churning out great content.
Think of ways to involve all five of your senses, that aren’t part of your everyday writing routine. Change your seat at the coffee shop, your drink order. Wear a different perfume or sit outside instead of at your desk. Force yourself to break your rhythm so that new stimuli can infiltrate and with it will come new approaches to defeat your writers block.
Repurpose writer’s block as a self-care and relaxation opportunity.
Maybe your psychic abilities told you writer’s block was coming. In that case, you are completely prepared to fight it off with a mixture of intuitive deep thoughts, and other forms of mental stimulation. I applaud you.
If you are not psychic and you did not see writers block coming, this unexpected break in your writing schedule could leave you wondering what to do with the time.
Take a nap.
Eat chocolate in rapid succession.
Watch garbage television that has no intrinsic value or extremely stimulating documentaries that you previously didn’t have time to indulge in.
The key here is to use your writer’s block as a time to take a little extra special care of yourself. Sometimes, it isn’t because the story isn’t in us that makes writers block visit. It is simply that we are tired.
The day to day of adulting and writing can sometimes compete for importance and mental space. On occasion, your brain chooses one over the other. You may feel fine, but your head and your heart maybe trying to signal their exhaustion.
So, take a break. It is sometimes harder to do this than it is to simply power through and write on. Difficult things can’t be avoided when they are necessary. Your capacity to function on a basic human level requires you to pay attention to subtleties that you are overdoing it. And then, adjust.
Overwrite writer’s block with craft work such as reading.
All writers should also be readers. I know. I know. Your work is so fabulous and necessary that to spend time reading anyone else’s tired excuse for a masterpiece is just absurd.
Seriously, please don’t be the kind of writer who believes he/she never has to read other people’s work. News flash, reading other people’s work was what made you want to be a writer in the first place. Use that same observation as grounds to find something time worthy to divert from your writer’s block.
I always recommend reading something outside of your genre. It is important, to again, stimulate your senses with new ideas. Reading from other genres could give you the fresh perspective you need to address errors in your book. If you don’t want to muddy your thoughts with other similar work-such as feeding your fiction addiction. Then by all means, try memoirs or non-fiction works on improving your craft.
It is always a good time to find new ways to enhance your writing. Especially, during a bout of writer’s block.
Battle writer’s block by revisiting your outline notes.
Among the numerous causes of writer’s block, could be an almost obvious problem. In your writing, you may have deviated too far from your original outline. The disconnect between what you have written and what the next planned scene was could be feeding your writer’s block.
It is completely fine to be someone who writes from the seat of their pants, but even a loose outline can help in times like these. Going back to your original story progression may reveal your why for writing it that way. The scene you decided to cut while writing, could be the lead in for a later scene. Having cut it maybe what is causing you disconnect.
Keep your notes on hand and don’t be afraid to refer to your original thoughts, and plans. This small, and seemingly obvious solution could very well be what sets you on track to finish.
Combat writer’s block by beginning your first round of edits.
Let’s hope your writer’s block doesn’t kick in until at least a third through your novel. Turns out, this is an optimal time to start your first round of edits. A third of the way through, a third of the story told and still some many edits.
Use the time writer’s block would normally steal from you to go over what you have written. Addressing the errors in your novel will open floodgates for changes to your story. Adjusting for fluidity and content will often open the gates for new ideas to flow freely.
Don’t get flustered if you find that by editing now, it changes your story completely. Your first drafts are only your first drafts anyway. In this case, your writer’s block is a godsend that allows you make changes before your novel feels too far gone to fix. Piece by piece you are improving your work and using this unexpected time away from your writing routine to make your story better.
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of ways to combat writers block. Experiment with the ones I’ve listed here and add your own. Whatever it takes to get the book writing and maintain your sanity during the creative process.
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