Getting past writers block
can be a cinch.
Is your writer's block preventing you from letting your writing talents emerge? Getting past writer's block can be a cinch if you think outside the box. Consider all those ideas you have never had the chance to try out, and try them. See where these places take you, both mentally and physically. Going to new places and seeing new things can be a great step forward in nourishing your mind and the ideas that stem from it.
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I can certainly say that I have had bouts of writer's block that have definitely required a creative writing game or two to pull me out of my funk. Getting past writer's block requires a few novel ideas to lead you to a writer's block remedy that you will find creative and enjoyable. It will lead you to new and more worthwhile writing.
Do you know how whenever you are looking for something that you desperately need, it seems that nine times out of ten you cannot find it? Much of the time, it may even be right in front of your nose. So goes it with writing. You may have ideas and not know how to phrase them, or you may just be at a loss for what to write, and not notice your surroundings, which could potentially be the beginning of a wonderful image to share in your writing. The dreaded writer's block is out to get you, and it thrives on you believing that there is nothing at all for you to write about.
The fact is, however, that there is a bounty of ideas out there for you to mull over, jot down, and write at length about. You just need to find these ideas. Knowing how to find them is the first step in getting past writer's block.
Here are numerous techniques to aid you in defeating writer's block:
1) Try not to think about it. I know it may sound crazy to not think about something that is driving you up a wall, but engage yourself fully in something else for the time being. Write a short story, an acrostic poem, a thesis for an essay, or even a tirade about all the bad things that have happened to you, writer's block included. Choose a topic to write about that is completely unrelated to what you are working on at the moment. Let your ideas flow from you, and you just may find that you'll come up with something in this new and reflective writing that is the key to opening up the door that will lead you closer to getting past writer's block.
2) Go and see a movie. Eat lunch at a different restaurant than you normally go to. Talk to a friend on the phone that you haven't talked to or seen in months. Talk to a wrong number. Look at cartoons, do word jumbles, solve Sudoku puzzles. Notice what you have never necessarily taken the time to notice because you have been too busy focusing on your writing. Write down all of the things that you notice in a list, and after a few days, come back to the list, when your mind is fresh and doesn't recollect everything you wrote down. At that point, go through the list and try to find ways to put those words into some form of genre. It will be kind of like your own version of a "found story," or "found poem."
3) Meditate. Clear your mind of anything and everything that is seeking to tell you that you are being stopped from getting past writer's block. Set an alarm for five, ten, or however many minutes you choose to sit and meditate. Then, close your eyes. Anytime anything at all, and I mean anything at all enters your mind, push it away. Do everything in your power to make yourself think about nothing. Make sure that you have a pad of paper and a pen or pencil nearby so that when the alarm goes off, you are ready to jot down everything that you made a concerted effort to forget during your meditation time. List them, or write paragraphs, theses, or something else that allows you to remember what you tried so hard to forget. Let the ideas flow from you, and see what revelations you come up with.
These ideas are only some of the first steps you can take in getting past the writer's block that plagues you. You may also consider writing about your writer's block. Define it. Outline why you feel so perturbed. Think about other times you have gotten past writer's block, and jot down a list of the ideas that came to you then so you can have a basis for how to get past the case of it that you have now. Writing about writer's block is a sure-fire way to get you geared up for writing. There is always something to write about, after all, and if it comes down to writing about your writer's block, just be content that you have something to write about and you haven't lost all ability to proceed with your love of writing.
One other technique to try for getting past writer's block if you can't think of anything to write about, including your lack of ideas, is to write down everything you can remember about your favorite movie or book. Maybe the conflict, tension, romance, or some other idea will make you realize something for your own artistic efforts. It is important to remember that using other writers as your guides is a useful and wonderful tool. Everyone had to get their start somewhere. Chances are they used their writing idols as guides for themselves.
Good luck defeating the dreaded writer's block. I know you'll come out of it with more ideas than ever to supplement the writing that you are eagerly waiting to put onto paper.
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