...the best thing to do is write.
Every person has their own method on ‘healing’ themselves from writer’s block.
Some of you take a little vacation from writing (and then you don’t get any of your writing done).
Maybe some of you try hiding your laptop to just kinda get ‘writing’ out of your head.
Sometimes you have a certain kind of writer’s block that I call ‘Wanna-Write-But-Can’t’. It’s like you have this great idea in your head to add to your novel,
The idea doesn’t make it from your brain,
down your arm,
to your fingers,
to type out onto your computer (or paper :).
And when you do, it comes out in a jumble that doesn’t make any sense.
Then you get frustrated and depressed.
Well, let me try helping you out a little. :) I don’t claim to have the best get-better-from-writer’s-block method, but…hey! It works for me! Let’s hope it can work for you too. :)
Just like the title (and first phrase of this post) says:
When you have writer’s block, the best thing to do is write.
‘But when I do that, it just turns out in a jumbled mess!!!!’
That’s okay. Totally, totally okay.
Look, you’re trying to write that idea down and now is when you can. You don’t have to go into detail! Just try writing a rough outline.
(The following is an example for, perhaps, a fictional novel):
Name of character:
What happens in this scene:
How many characters are in this scene:
Any new places you need to introduce:
Describe the surrounding area(s):
Okay? Just super basic…yes, kinda cheesy but definitely useful information. Then, maybe – if you’re feeling brave! – just write a paragraph (or more) of your scene. Don’t worry if it’s really…bad. Just look past that.
Oh, another big thing! When you have written something like that (above), DON’T REREAD IT!! That is one of the worst things to do. Just a little outline or whatever, and (only if you’re feeling brave!) write a little bit of your scene.
Put your laptop away for a couple days.
Or for however long it takes you to get out of your writer’s block fog.
USUALLY, for me, after I’ve written my outline (and I usually get a paragraph or two down), it only takes about a day before I’m raring to go!! Haha
Okay, so…I hope this post made sense. I’m kind of hyper right now…I’m writing this at 11PM, so…time to hit the hay soon. ;)
Let me know if any of you have ever tried this!
Or what do you usually do to cure yourself of writer’s block? What is some advice you’d give to me and other readers?