Dealing with "Writer's Block."
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by Adam Reyher – 8/22/03
Copyright © 2003 Adam Reyher. All rights reserved.
Writers old and young, experienced and beginner, pro and amateur, deal with "writer's block." It is so common that it will probably come upon you in every writing session that you engage yourself in, even if it is only for a minute or two. These blocks are time consuming and extremely frustrating.
So how can you avoid writer's block? Simply the answer is that you cannot. I know, this might make you even more frustrated, but you must know and accept this. You cannot rid yourself of it one hundred percent, but you can deal with it efficiently when it happens, and sometimes decrease the amount of times it happens.
Writing about writer's block is very difficult in itself as the very subject you are writing about usually comes upon you right off of the bat. I am having some difficulty as I write this by trying to figure out what to write for context--not the "plot," but the context.
There are many remedies to this haunting experience we call writer's block. I will try to describe as many as I can. Try some of these out, and see what works for you, but remember to invent new ways yourself.
If you've been writing for a long period and you hit a hard roadblock, sometimes the best thing to do is to simply stop! Take a break and do some other thing you enjoy; watch a movie, play a card game, or call up a friend. Take your mind off of writing and your frustration. Studies have shown that doing something fun right after working or studying hard will highly benefit comfort, relaxation, memory, and creativity among many other things. After taking a break for a while, you should be back to your normal creative writing self.
For me, taking a short break and listening to some of my favorite music or even listening to music softly in the background while writing greatly terminates my tension and removes my writer's block. For some people (I am one of these 'people'), having their mind "doing" two things at once, one primary and the other secondary, can bring much profit to their writing. For others, however, this technique may hinder their writing further.
----Take a Drive----
Why not go for a drive? Or even take a walk? Get your conscious mind thinking about other things like your surroundings, new roads you've never taken, and other enjoyable things. This can allow your subconscious mind boil around. You never know, something might just pop into your mind that will give you hours of writing without the slightest sign of writers block.
The method of descriptive writing doesn't as much deal with writer's block as it does dry writing. To use this, simply look around you at your surroundings and find an object. It doesn't have to be anything big, as even the simplest thing, like a pencil, will work wonders. What you must now do is to take time and by being careful, describe that object and it's appearance as you see it in its current state with the most complex description you can think of without "overdoing" it and causing it to flow very softly and well.
----Don't Try so Hard----
Sometimes when you start writing, you tend too make to much of a deal about it. This mainly occurs when you are writing an essay or an article, or something else of that nature. Yes, much care needs to be taken, but you must get your thoughts down on paper. Editing will come later. With stories or novels, you shouldn't tone down your writing too much, but sometimes, "lightening up" a bit can break the ice.
These techniques are just some suggestions. Of course, you do not have to use them, but I suggest you try some of them out. Also, make sure you try methods of your own! Usually, the things that come out of your own head will work the best for you!
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