This week I thought I’d talk about ways to get rid of writers block and creativity stumblers. Yeah most writers get that from time to time and if you don’t you’re one of the lucky ones!
- 1. There is never a best time to write
True! But, when is the perfect time to write? We all have doubts, fears, problems, things to do…so when is the best time to write? Anytime and right in the middle of all that you have going on. Don’t wait for the perfect time to write…just do it. Right in the middle of whatever you’re doing. I have to keep reminding myself that one!
- 2. Believe in yourself
Seriously! You have something to say otherwise you wouldn’t be writing, would you? Tell yourself it matters what you say, and eventually you’ll believe it. Push any doubts out of your mind!
- 3. Take out the big ‘BUT’
Yep! You all know what I’m talking about here. But, the dishes need to be done, the shopping, the laundry, I’m too tired, I’ve had a long day at work, etc., etc. Whatever it is…eliminate that big BUT that’s stopping you. Stop with the excuses. Oh, its easy for me to preach this one because I’ve flagrantly disregarded it so often. I put everything else first then do my writing. That laundry won’t disappear, the dinner will still get made, etc., but I need to write and forget about doing everything else first. Try not to do everything else first, unless it’s a job, but instead of saying I’m too tired after work, write for a while. Just don’t let that BUT get in your way. I promise to practice what I preach as well. 🙂
- 4. Cut out the junk!
Yeah you know those little things that are meaningless! Surfing the web, looking for other things to do besides writing, playing X-box or a game, all the little things that take up so much time and really don’t count for much in the end. You’ll find your day more rewarding when you can look at what you’ve accomplished and how much you’ve written in the time you would have spent doing something that yeilded no results. There goes my recipe hunting excursions, and my web surfing… LOL
- 5. Calm yourself
That’s right! Forget about everything else going on around you and just concentrate on the task of writing. Thinking about all the things you have to do leaves you stressed and your mind is not calm enough to think about writing and creating. Clearing your mind of the clutter will allow you to open yourself up to the task of writing. Get rid of the inner turmoil and chaos and just enjoy the calm, peaceful, tranquility of writing.
- 6. Take out the fear
Last but not least, take out the fear that’s stopping you from writing. You have a story to tell. Many writers hesitate to continue because they’re afraid of failure. Stop thinking about the outcome and concentrate on the process. If you don’t try, you’ve already failed.
So, that ends my little blog speech for this week. I hope someone got something out of it. None of it is new to us writers, but I thought just blogging about it might be a good way of reaffirming some of the things I personally need to work on to push my writing into the next gear.
What hinders you from writing? I’d love to hear it. 🙂
Note: Some information obtained from ‘What You Write Matters’, by Eric Maisel