All writers know the feeling: you sit down, perhaps with a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, ready to write. Your hands graze the keys of your computer, or your fingers grip your pen when you realize that inspiration is not coming. You feel like banging your head against the table, rather than facing this writer's block monster head on. Well, fear not, friend, because I have a few tips that hopefully will help you combat writer's block.
Tip Number One: Stop. Put the pen down, and put the computer away. You will not get anywhere if you force your creative energy. If possible, shove your project out of your mind entirely. Let your mind drift.
Tip Number Two: Get up. Take a walk, work out, clean the garage, or do the dishes. Perform a mundane task, and allow your mind to take you where it will. You want to think about your favorite TV show? Go ahead. You want to think about the treasure map that your
grandfather left to you in his will that leads to a dark cave filled with pilfered hamburger recipes? Be my guest. Your brain does an awful lot for you every day, so let it off the hook once in a while!
Tip Number Three: Read. Find your favorite book, or pick one that you have never heard of before. Allow your mind to wander and get lost in the world of your book. If inspiration strikes, go with the flow and see where it takes you. If not, don't worry. There are still plenty of ways to be inspired.
Tip Number Four: Listen to Music. No, I am not talking about the latest pop hit, your favorite country single, or even Mozart. Find some excellent background music, like the music you hear while you play a video game. This music is actually designed to help you move forward, whether it be in the game or on the page. I suggest you take advantage of this. As an added bonus, it won't distract you, and it can be fun to listen to!
Tip Number Five: Write. Pick your pen back up, and open your computer. Trust your creative instincts. Write whatever comes to mind, even if it doesn't make any sense. In fact, write absolute trash. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, and don't stop to go back and fix them. Turn off your inner editor, and just write weird things. Write about a kangaroo that ate your sister's favorite pair of shoes. Write about an alien who craves spray can cheese. Whatever you write, make sure it comes from you. Soon enough, if you take this advice, you will go back to your project full of new ideas!
That, my dear friends, is how you can combat writer's block. If you take away one thing from this article, let it be that whatever you are writing, don't be afraid to tell your story. Don't let yourself be afraid of what other people will think of it. The world needs your story. Be brave, and write with abandon.