Today I’ve come to a roadblock. My creativity seems to have just shut down. The ideas feel like they are just on the other side of that barrier that’s blocking me from getting to them. Like that word that lays just on the tip of your tongue. My muse is just over the obstruction. The barrier could be just about anything. Time management, procrastination, candy crush addiction, Facebook creeping, forum chit-chat, anything that impedes the progress of writing. Some people call it writer’s block. Quite frankly I believe when people say they have writer’s block it’s just an excuse to be lazy and not write. If you put your mind to it, you can write about anything. This post is a perfect example. I’m writing about a roadblock that doesn’t have a road and the blockage is untraditional.
What can you do when you come to a roadblock in your writing?
- Change the point of view. Look at the situation from a different perspective.
- I was trying to come up with something fun for an R blog. When it didn’t come to me, I thought about what I could do to help someone else in their writing.
- What would happen if the shoe was on the other foot? Switch the idea of your characters around. Does that help?
- What would Superman do?
- Take a walk away from your workspace.
- Nothing clears the mind like fresh air. Go outside and breathe it in.
- Take a quick walk down to the corner store for a cup of coffee.
- Walk to the water cooler. You never know who you’ll run into and engage in some interesting conversation.
- Pay attention to that furry four-legged friend that you have.
- It’s amazing how much pressure from the day will slip away if you take a few minutes with your cat. (Only a few pats though — more than three is too many)
- Your dog would love to go for a brisk walk and it will revive you so that you feel refreshed when you come back to your keyboard.
- Your pets know when you are stressed, let them help you.
- Learn something new.
- Read the dictionary until you find a new word.
- Research something you know nothing about.
- Listen to some music that you don’t normally listen to.
- Review your goals.
- Why are you writing?
- Are you enjoying it?
- What is the goal?
- If you don’t like what you are doing you will never do well at it. Make sure you do what you do because you enjoy it.
That’s all for today. Hopefully these five tips will help you get through the roadblock you might be facing. What do you do when you find difficulty in writing? Share your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check out some of the other R blogs in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.