We all get writer’s block from time to time. I tend to get it just after I finish writing a short story, though I imagine that for Novelists, that problem takes a back seat to regular ordeals. There are times, however, that it can manifest itself.
Long day at work
Low on caffeine
I’ve found what I believe to be key patterns that cropped up over the course of my writing and getting writer’s block, so I’ll try to share them as well as some methods to combat the deadly disease. 😉
Firstly, it can be hard to write after you’ve had a long shift at work. That’s different than getting home from a workout at the gym. A lack of energy from anything can stifle your own creativity and that is what I think has been the most problem of writer’s block for me.
Here are some tips to fight writer’s block that I have found immensely useful.
- Take a break. It can be just an hour, but occupy your time with something else, like a movie or that anime DVD you’ve been watching regularly. Browse YouTube or listen to a Podcast…as long as it’s something that doesn’t involve typing or intense thinking.
- Alternatively, when taking a break, I suggest doing something to get those endorphins flowing. Take a walk for 15 or 20 minutes. You can jog if it suits you, but not all of us are joggers. Just do something that will get your blood pumping. It always helps.
- Ordinarily, I wouldn’t suggest this, but in extreme deadlines, it is very acceptable. Have a soda or a coffee when you write. Caffeine makes the heart beat faster, so while this won’t actually generate calories, it will simulate the effect of having more energy…for a while. Tea works as well.
- Write in the Morning. I can’t stress this enough. You might think that you’ll have all the time in the world if you do it in the afternoon, but your mind and body are already running close to empty by that time if you’re over 20 years old
- Finally, this is my last tip. You just arrived at your home. It’s six in the afternoon and you don’t have the will to write, but you know that you want to. Just leave it be. If it’s late and you don’t have the energy, it is often the best medicine to cure writer’s block to go to bed. Trust me, you can make up for lost time and then some the next day.
I hope these tips for combating writer’s block will help you as much as they helped me and if you have any other ideas then I’d love to hear them in the comments!