We’ve all been there. You sit in front of the computer, coffee at your side and ready to create, but nothing happens. Instead of writing, you stare into a blank screen and ponder whether you really have any concrete writing skills. The truth is, we all go through this at one time or another. It might happen sometimes or it might happen once a day. The point is, it’s more common than you think. To help you with your internal battle, we compiled a list of exercises that might help you get back on track.
1. Stop beating yourself up. Don’t doubt yourself or your skills. Remember that you love to write and that this is your passion. Everyone has a bad day, week, month, etc. Not every painting can be a Picasso, even when your name is Picasso. It happens to the best of us.
2. Walk away from your computer, yes I’m talking to you. Clear your head by taking a long walk, ride a bike, or just go to the gym and work-out. You’d be surprised how much a little sweat can do to clear out the cob webs.
3. Meditate. I know some of you have just started laughing, but my response is don’t knock it before you try it. Remember all the foods your Mom begged you to try as a kid that you now love? Well, I can say from experience that some of my best ideas were born during a solid meditation.
4. Stop talking. When’s the last time you truly observed the world around you? I mean the world that takes place while you’re talking or thinking about the next thing your gonna say. As writers, we create characters and those characters on based (for the most part) on people. So keeping that in mind – go watch some. Go sit at a park and watch people. Watch their physical movements, mannerisms, and listen to what they talk about. You might just discover something that your current main character is missing.
5. Create an outline. Write a summary for each of your chapters. Remember where you want your characters/story to start and where you want them to end up. Get as detailed as you can and you might see the holes that need to be plugged. I actually did this once and built a really cool twist into the middle when I realized it got a bit boring.
6. Start a new project. Most writers have more than one story going on in their head at one time. Maybe you’re being pulled into this new story for a reason, who knows? I say, go with your gut. Put your current project to the side and focus your energy into something new. Could be the story that lands you an agent or a book deal.
7. Go out and have fun. Why, because you’re overreacting and need a break. Your block isn’t permanent – it just feels that way right now.
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