Writer’s block. The anti-muse. Some of you believe in it, some of you don’t. The truth is there are days when the writing just isn’t happening, and you need to shake things up to get the creative juices flowing. Here are ten ways to do that.
- Take a shower: a great way to take a break and ‘restart’ the day. Or just stand there and pretend to be a water spout.
- Go do something outside: an active body leads to an active mind. Take a walk, ride a bike, shoot hoops…whatever you enjoy.
- Listen to music: music can help visualize the scene you’re trying to write or inspire you with new ideas to crack open.
- Have a drink: having something to sip on just does the trick. Tea, coffee, wine, whatever your prefer. I explore this topic more in detail in my article on coffee and writing.
- Do something repetitive: repetitive motions keep you distracted yet active, which is the perfect time to let your mind wander. Crafts, coloring, construction projects, cleaning, etc. can all help.
- Go be with people: get out of your writing space and go have a conversation or two. Maybe a hug for good measure.
- Keep fresh air circulating: Open windows and doors and let the breeze trickle through. Sunlight, the sound of rain, birds, and smells are other potential bonuses that will help unlock your creative side.
- Read: I don’t know about you, but reading other people’s work makes me eager to get back at my own.
- Find support from other writers: turn to those who know what you’re going through and can motivate/encourage you to keep working hard.
- Keep the end goal in mind: nothing motivates me to write more than hearing people brag about their accomplished goals. Set daily objectives, but also always have the long-term goal in your sights. Whether that’s a full novel or a short story, picture how it will look when it’s finished. Then chase after that image and get it done.
Your turn. What do you do when you’re suffering from writer’s block (or whatever you want to call it)? These are the ten that work best for me, but each writer is different. Drop a comment below, and don’t forget to share/subscribe!