Next time you’re in the midst of a writing project and hit a creative block, try the following tips…
WALK IT OFF
Literally, that is. If you’ve been staring at the computer screen cursor for more than ten minutes, with no progress, walk away! Whether you walk from the dining room table to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, or down to your neighbor’s house, the point is to put yourself in new surroundings. “But, I should be writing. I have a deadline.” True, but willing the words to show up on the page may not be the most productive way to spend your time. Consider all the new ideas you can think of when you step away and walk it off.
DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT
So, now that you’ve walked away from your computer and are watching the big game at your friend’s house, relax and enjoy the moment. And here’s the kicker (get it, big game…kicker…[insert eye rolling emoticon here]): stay off social media! I love social media, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes we’re so inclined to express what we’re experiencing during every moment that we lose some of the connectivity with the people around us. If your friend says something that is too funny not to share, write it down or tap it in your memo app. It just may be a catalyst for the story that just wouldn’t write itself. Be in the moment and then go home and write about it.
FINE, I’LL DO ART
Still can’t get the blinking cursor to stop mocking you with its lack of movement? Then, get creative by switching to a different art form. Listen to music. Color with your kids. Bake a pie. Work on your car. Design a new necklace. Read a book. Do something that inspires you on an artistic level. It just may help you relax, rejuvenate, and reawaken the writer within!