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What To Do When You Have Writer’s Block

If you have ever taken on writing or blogging at some point you have probably encountered writers block. I in fact suffer from this quite regularly and it’s one of the main things that has kept me from doing any real writing. When I was younger, I was big on writing. I would write all kinds of short stories, poems to my ex wife) and I even had a book put together as a teenager. As I have gotten older as well as lazier I just stopped writing. I have started this blog so many times in the last few years it’d make you wonder if I was ever serious about anything as much as I have started and stopped.

Well, this past week a business partner, teacher and mentor friend of mine put out a contest and challenge to be consistent and blog daily. I have done pretty well up until today and I am getting closer and closer to midnight. I haven’t been able to think of a thing to write today and then it hit me…. I have writer’s block! Right?

A quick google search for writer’s block and all kinds of articles and information. From Wikipedia:

Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years. Throughout history, writer’s block has been a documented problem.[1]

Professionals who have struggled with the affliction include authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald[2] and Joseph Mitchell,[3] pop culture cartoonist Charles M. Schulz[4] and British songwriter Adele.[5] Research concerning this topic was done in the late 1970s and 1980s. During this time, researchers were influenced by the Process and Post-Process movements and therefore focused specifically on the writer’s processes. The condition was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler.[6]

 

To read the full details from Wikipedia click here.

Now there is all kinds of other sites with different ideas on how to overcome this very normal occurrence in writers. As today isn’t the only day this has occurred for me this is how I have dealt with it myself.

  • Listen to some good music for inspiration. For me lately, it’s worship music or Twenty One Pilots.
  • Listening to good personal growth audios. I do this daily regardless but sometimes a second or third doesn’t hurt to trigger some inspirational thought or idea.
  • Reading for thirty to sixty minutes. Again, this week I have made this a daily practice and it’s helped a lot. Not just for ideas and inspiration but it’s helped develop the daily discipline.
  • Exercise: getting the blood pumping to the brain can always clean out the cobwebs. Get a good sweat going for 20 to 30 minutes and sit right down in front of the keyboard.

Worst case scenario, just try typing like you are talking and type out whatever comes to mind and see if you can’t formulate a couple of ideas. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just start. After a solid week, well six days so far, I have found is pretty easy to come up with at least 500 words on any subject matter. I will be working to increase this throughout the coming weeks as well as keeping the other daily disciplines up to not only grow inside and out but stay inspired and keep learning.