Have you ever read the saying that if you write all the time you won’t have writer’s block? I just don’t believe that. You know why?
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Because I write all the time and I still get writer’s block. Yes, I outline so I know what I’m going to write at any given moment. But, when I get to the computer or journal page, I get a block. The words won’t come to make it descriptive or funny or interesting.
That’s writer’s block, my friend.
It used to depress me. Okay, it still depresses me. However, I’ve figured out that I can usually bust
write right through it by the judicious use of creativity.
Please don’t say you’re not creative. Creativity is just another way to say inventive, imaginative, or innovative. Just because it’s usually applied to art and artistic pursuits does not mean that you aren’t creative.
Maybe you create fly fishing lures. Or you like to whittle wood into tiny figurines. Or you enjoy working on your fixer-upper house.
Whatever it is, go do them. Renew yourself by focusing on other things that allow you to be creative in different ways. Get the brain working on something else where it can of possibilities outside of your story world.
Of course, one way that really renews me is to read – go figure – and I love The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s a wonderful book on creativity, why we aren’t creative, and how to get over it.
I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten stuck and a day’s worth of painting, reading, or even laying down a new wooden floor has brought fresh perspective on my writing.
After being creative for a while in a different way, my writer’s block melts away and I can continue with my story.
So, how do you break through your writer’s block?