If you are trying to spend your writing time writing, and you are stuck looking at a blank page; it’s seems the easiest thing to do is turn off the computer, or put down the pen, and walk away. Before you do anything that dramatic, here are just a few things to try first before you just give up.
Writer’s block is the number one killer of writers’ careers around the world, and it destroys a writer’s confidence. A writer is supposed to draw inspiration from everything around them, but there is no guarantee that what you see in life will ever see a page. There are numerous books written on how to overcome writer’s block, and yet people still struggle through the writing process.
Before I give you these methods, I just want to make a couple of things clear. First, I did not make these methods up; they are just the ones I’ve had the greatest success with. The methods mentioned here have been around for centuries, and will continue long after I’m gone. I just feel it’s good to have an occasional reminder. Second, this list contains only a couple of tricks. I am, by no means, an expert, and can only say what I’ve experienced. There is no limit to the ways to break writer’s block, and you should take advantage of every method possible.
Start every writing session with a warm up exercise. I’m not talking about physical exercise, but that will help as well. What I am talking about though is writing warm ups. Give yourself a set amount of time to write something that has nothing to do with a current project. If you’re having trouble coming up with a subject, there are a number of books with writing prompts, and if that doesn’t help, there are more prompts on www.writersdigest.com that have proven to be helpful, and fun.
The second method I like is starting with one word, and building from that. It doesn’t matter what the word is, you just start with that word. This method has worked with my writing time 99 percent of the time. If you don’t think it works; this blog was written with this method.
Of course the last method is the “what if” game. Not only does it work, but almost every writer uses it on a regular basis. For those who have never heard of this, the “what if” game is simple. You take a subject and ask “what if”. The movie “Tremors” started with the creator asking “What if people were killed by something they couldn’t see?” From there the story developed into the movie series it is.
Regardless which writer’s block buster you choose, the most important thing you can do is be there. Half the battle to writing is showing up in the first place. Give yourself the time to write and don’t do anything during that time, but write. You may surprise yourself with what you come up with.