I don’t buy into the idea of writer’s block. I do, however, buy into the idea that outside and internal influences can and will affect anyone and everyone, including writers. Probably especially writers. Writers seem to live to be distracted. Oh, not ME of course — hey, is that a hummingbird outside my window? Where’s my camera? — but others tell me they get distracted all the time.
Among the many things that can cause “writer’s block” are work and family challenges, boredom with life or whatever it is you’re working on or both, feeling overstressed or overtired, and false pressure to make every word on the page shine.
So, what do you do when you feel frozen and the words won’t come?
There are a lot of techniques I use. I switch up the music I’m listening to until I find the right band or song to rev me again. I watch a movie or TV show I love and analyze what they’re doing in the various scenes. I break down and walk my dogs. (Hey, exercise and happy dogs are a guaranteed outcome on this one.) I switch off from the project I’m working on, even if it’s on deadline, and work on something else for a while, until I feel like the words are flowing again.
But sometimes, none of that works.
So, what then? Especially when a deadline looms, truly, what THEN? (more…)Read More...