Some people say that there is no such thing as a ‘writer’s block’. But when you’re already face to face with this dreaded situation, what do you do? How do you overcome it?
To be perfectly honest, I have been having a writer’s block for weeks now. I know you might ask how do I come up with posts every now and then. I have no idea either. I have been having issues on writing, and most of the time I’d find myself looking at my computer screen, thinking about how to start my project. Then afterwards, I’d find myself lurking in the depths of youtube or tumblr. I sometimes think I’m just distracted or maybe I’m just burned out from all the things that I have to juggle, and writing is pretty much one of the major things that I do almost everyday. I’ve been trying to push myself into creating contents as much as I can because I don’t want to wait until it’s too late to pull myself together. I read an article before that says that to overcome the block, I would have to just try and write, whatever happens. But sometimes, looking at the screen can strain my eyes, and trying to squeeze out some ideas from a brain that’s full of static just can’t do it. I’ve listed down some of the things that I do to get over writer’s block (or to just bring back my mojo, at the least), aside from consistently telling myself to write, that is. Hope it helps you out, too. Let’s do this.
Try to do something creative (aside from writing, of course).Whenever I feel like I’m not yet ready to do an article, I would usually find myself editing my photos one by one, painstakingly adjusting each brightness and contrast. Or if I don’t have anything to edit, I’d usually find myself browsing items about design, or try to take photos just because. Trying to do something else keeps you from overthinking about the things that you have to finish, thus, giving your head a break even for a while.
Get off the Internet.
The Internet is a strange place, with a whole lot of traps that can keep you distracted for hours and hours and hours… So, yep, as much as possible, stay out of the Internet and try to focus on things that are to be done. If it’s inevitable to do so (for an instance you’re doing research), then just log out of your social networking sites, and try to stay away from tumblr, youtube, buzzfeed… and anything that gives you entertainment. Heh.
Take a bath.
I usually find epiphany when taking long baths. Smothering myself with bath salts and trying to calm myself under the running water works a lot on finding fresh ideas. You don’t only wash your body, but it also cleanses the mind. (naks!)
Read a book.
Aside from learning new words and styles, reading a book is a best way to keep your head distracted for a while. Sometimes, writer’s block is an effect of stress or a sign that screams “BREAKTIME” from all the writing. We need to let go of the thoughts and instead drown in another’s literature before we go back and push ourselves once more.
Take a sit, grab a cup of your favorite coffee, and then take a spot at a random park. Watch how people interact and make up dialogues. Who knows, you might actually find your next story within the faces of people who just passes by your place.
Or walk. Or dance. Or move. Working yourself physically helps you lose weight and lose yourself in the thoughts of finishing your laps. Aside from that, it is also scientifically proven that exercising releases endorphins, helping you look at the brighter side, one lap at a time.
Talk to people.
Talking to people and learning about their current experiences is a great way to catch up with old friends, and well, take in new ideas for your next article or your next story. As the saying goes, no man is an island, and being able to tap other people would definitely help on your creative process, as well as your social life.
Take out a cookbook or search for a new recipe and just cook. Whip up a delicious brownie, or create a sumptuous vegetarian dish just because. Just like everything else, cooking helps you to distance yourself from all the stress and pressure of coming up with something. Just relax, and everything will follow.
Take a scratch paper, search for some writing prompts, set your timer to 15 minutes, and try to write freely. Write whatever comes in your mind – whether it is just one word, or whether it is random sentences that you feel like blurting out. Just write for fifteen minutes non-stop, whether you’re making sense or not. It helps, I promise.
Sleep it out.
Maybe you’re too exhausted that’s why nothing comes out of it. Take a power nap or call it a night, it’s your choice. But ultimately, sleeping rests your brain and keeps you fueled to do something else the next day. Works like magic.
How about you guys? How do you cope up with writer’s block? Share it to me on the comment section below!