I know that writer’s block can be a problem. It is the scary monster that hides under our bed and gives us nightmares (or maybe that’s figuring out why our characters are not doing what we want them to do). Either way, I thought I’d provide a list of ten ways to beat writer’s block. These are unscientific, unchecked, but might be helpful anyway…
- Write. Write something. Anything. Just put your pen to your paper or your fingers on the keyboard and don’t let the words stop. Edit later.
- Take a walk. Don’t think about your writing while you’re doing it. Let your mind wander.
- Read. Preferably something that’s not at all like what you are stuck on.
- Get on the floor and alternate sets of ten pushups and ten crunches until you’ve found something to write (it’s ok if you throw it away later).
- Read D&mn You Auto Correct – or anything that will make you laugh.
- Try to write exactly what should not/would not/could not happen (at least you’ll rule something out, right?).
- Watch a really old movie.
- Trying changing a character’s gender and rewrite the scene/place you’re getting stuck.
- Pretend you wrote the problem part and start the next section.
- Think of the three most interesting/funny words you know and try to get them into your writing.
The major purpose behind all of these is to either overpower the block (get words out at all costs!) or to change your state of mind. I’ve used some of these, and I heard some of these from others. What works for you?