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I link and  post a lot about writer’s block. That’s ’cause it is a frequent visitor.  *sigh* Here are three things that I do to shut down writer’s block:

1. Have a shower (a cold one in summer, a hot one in winter, or whatever floats your boat). If you change what you do with your body, you change what you get with your mind.

2. Go for a walk. This is the same principle, plus it works off some of the adrenalin amped up by the anxious writer’s block thoughts.

3. Change formats. If you are writing longhand in a notebook, go type on the laptop. If you are sitting at the computer banging your head on the keys, find some paper and a pen.

2 thoughts on “Three Ways to Shut Down Writer’s Block Now

  1. Mmmm…. good ones.

    1. Baths are better than showers, for me. More relaxing. I keep a notebook or, lately, a tablet by the bath, so if something comes to mind, I have the ability to start writing right there.

    2. Write something else. (Yes, anything else.) If it’s not coming, sometimes that means I’m not working with the right setup, the right conditions, the right parameters. I’m blocked because the words can’t be forced to be what they do not want to be. Some of the most difficult scenes in my play, the ones I bashed my head hardest against the longest and hardest, rolled off my fingertips when the inspiration which made them ‘true’ finally came, The most important scene probably took two weeks of intermittent agony to write. The right inspiration hit me one afternoon, relaxing on my couch. That inspiration not only wrote the scene, but it tied that scene into the tapestry of themes I’d been discovering/developing in the play. In the meantime, I’d managed to write about 50% of the rest of the play between the head-bashing.

    3. Read something … especially something evocative, with depth. Something that tends to knock at the door of your sensibilities and then spit in their face when they answer it. Something that disturbs or opens up your world a bit. Something inspiring. The Dao de Jing works for me, usually.

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  2. I’ve used your number 2– sometimes if I can’t get going with the novel, I’ll work on the blog, or on some tech writing I’m contracted for. Better to write something than nothing, you are right.

    Your number 3 is–for me– dangerous ground. It can easily de-rail me.. I’ll end up reading for 7 hours.


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