Sunday, 27 October 2013

Writers Block

Now we've all suffered from it at some point or other. That moment of panic and then gradual frustration as you stare at the blank page in front of you, the cursor flashing almost tauntingly as you struggle to find a single word to put down.
Sound familiar?

You're not alone. We all get it at some point, it's how you handle it that counts.
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Here's some exercises to try to get you writing again:
  1. Open up a blank document and just type (or write on a plain piece of paper) ANYTHING. I mean anything! Admittedly this works better on a computer as you can type random letters quicker than you can write them and after a while of typing pure gibberish eventually words begin to form... and then phrases... and then sentences...
  2. Go out and well... exercise! Go for a walk, a run or take the dog out for a stroll. Sometimes it can help to clear your head and it gets your blood pumping as well!
  3. Write something else for a while. If the problem is that you're stuck on what you're writing at the minute, try a poem. Or, if you're a poet, try a small bit of prose. Sometimes if you focus on something too hard you miss what is right in front of your face.
  4. Listen to your favourite song. Step away from what you were doing- leave the room if you have to- and blast your favourite bit of music. Dance to it, sing along at the top of your lungs. Go crazy with it! Get it out of your system then get back to it!
Everyone is different, some of these things may work for you and some may not but you don't know unless you give it a go!

What do you do to get rid of pesky writers block? Let me know below! :)