Hey, everyone! It’s Ashley again, from Pioneer Momma. This post actually started out as something else. And before that, another something else. What can I say? It happens to the best of us. There’s a new monster in town, aside from that one called procrastination: Writer’s Block.
Writer’s block is when you sit down to write, and nothing comes out. Or maybe something does, you’re just not “feeling it”. It’s a real pain in the keister. You’re all nodding in agreement at this point, right? I wanted to share a few ways that I kick that monster to the curb.
1. Take a break. Simple enough, but how many times have you found yourself in front of the computer, staring blankly, until something comes through? I know I have, more than I’d like to admit. Taking a break is like having a fresh pair of eyes come in on the project. Maybe you’ll see something you didn’t before.
2. Eat chocolate. This one might be a little self-indulgent, but during nursing school, we all took a piece of dark chocolate in before a test. Somewhere along the line we learned that chocolate helps with memory and creativity. Not sure if it is scientifically proven, but we sure had some good results…And if it doesn’t spark anything, at least you got to eat some chocolate.
3. Go for a walk. No, no, take out those earbuds. Listen to nature. Listen to yourself. Walking increases the oxygen flow to your body and blood cells. Only natural it helps your brain, too. It’s helped me hash out problems many-a-time.
4. Talk to a friend. Having a conversation with someone goes two ways. Which means you have two minds working together, rather than one. I once had a brilliant idea come to me while talking about what seemed to be absolutely nothing with my sister.
5. Write from the heart. As bloggers, sometimes we can get caught up in “writing for the readers”. You get stuck thinking, is this what they want to read? How about this? When you write from the heart, you will gain those who actually care about what you’re writing. Your readers will come to you, but only if you are honest. Write what you are passionate about. You never know how many others out there enjoy the same things! It’s a great way to not only write fascinating pieces, but make great friends along the way.
Do you have any tricks for getting rid of writer’s block? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to know!