Now, you may wonder how I could just stop believing in something that ails so many writers. It’s simple. I found many ways to break out of writer’s block so that I never suffer from it. So, here are some tips so that you can avoid that unfortunate affliction:
#1: Stop believing in it. It’s about as real as your Hogwarts’ acceptance letter. The mind is extremely powerful, and while I’m no Psychology expert, the mind can seriously infringe upon your abilities if you give it the power to.
#2: When you feel stuck (because we have now thrown out the term writer’s block), don’t stop writing. Even if you’re writing watermelon 30 times in a row, it’ll stimulate your brain. Seriously, just choose one word, and any time you get stuck, write that word until your brain decides to write comprehensible sentences again. My word is mukluks. Why? Because it’s fun to say.
#3: Get your lazy butt up. Which, if you are anything like me, is a serious struggle. But go for a walk. Go somewhere that requires you to stare at something other than a blank wall or blank computer screen. Go to a coffee shop. Go to the park. Just let yourself be inspired.
#4: Write something else. If you’re stuck on a line in a poem, skip that line and come back to it. Or, if you’re writing a story and you don’t know what you want to happen next, get some space from the story and write a poem. It works a lot like a relationship. When you’re getting so close to your significant other that you can’t breathe and fight like rabid dogs, then it’s time to take some space from each other to realize that you actually need each other and thus, you cannot kill them.
#5: Read. Read a book, a poem, an ad in the newspaper, etc., and try not to envy the fact that these mediums are more creative than you at the moment. Be connected with words in a way that is not you trying to write those words.
#6: Stop reading blogs about avoiding writer’s block and start actually writing.