Okay, it’s not writer’s block. I know, because look, here’s a whole blog post.
Actually I don’t believe in writer’s block for me, which is another story.
Today I spent about an hour trying to get started writing my regular Thursday morning post. Finally I just stopped and looked inside, asking myself what was going on. My next thought was another question, “how do you feel?”
Well, I felt tired. You know, that sense close to tightness around your eyes when you don’t get enough sleep? Like that. Except I got good sleep last night.
My next realization is I feel as if I’ve done way too much work this week.
Perhaps I have in a way. The problems of this site were draining and they started exactly a week ago. That Thursday I realized I couldn’t do anything myself. I had, however spent several hours talking to various techs and being on hold. Although I’d been calmer than normal over tech problems, it still was a drain I’m sure, even though I wasn’t really aware of it… in fact, it might have been less of a drag if I had noticed that I was upset.
Here are my methods of dealing with this not uncommon problem:
When writer’s block starts, get quiet and go within
Ask yourself a question like why can’t I write? Chances are you’ll get some sort of an answer, even it is well this is a dumb exercise!” Don’t be surprised if a bit of understanding creeps in. It may be enough to get you started.
A friend of mine recently lost her mother and told me it’s was awfully hard to get started writing in the beginning – grief will do that to you. She also said that her grief has eased a bit now and writing actually helps distract her and feel useful again. Emotions can cut either way. Honor you emotions – suppressing the often makes it worse, at least in my experience.
Change your state
This morning I gave up and went to the kitchen to start breakfast. By the time I’d gotten the bacon and eggs started I had the title for this peace firmly in mind. In fact I turned the stove off, rushed to the computer and wrote the title just in case I developed a case of forgetfulness.
Moving away from the computer, standing up, pacing around your office, or, if weather permits taking a short walk – any of these will help your mind stop thinking about how poorly the writing is going and allow your creative part to generate some ideas.
Ask for help with writer’s block
If your ability to write last more than say several days, or you sense you’re starting to get stuck on the idea you can’t write now, it may be time to reach out for some help.
That help could come from a writing friend, a writing group or even a therapist who has come understanding of the creative process and how it can get blocked.
What do you do when you get stuck and the writing won’t come? Tell us in comments please.
Writer well and often,