You’re sitting intently at your desk, mind swimming with the need to produce. An office clock rhythmically ticks the time away. Your pen taps against your lower lip in thought. It’s been hours of writing and re-writing the same idea, paraphrasing and re-constructing a simple selection of words. Your ideas are blurry; mushed together into a mental pile of dull grey. Frustration gnaws at the back of your throat. Where do you go from here?
Well, there are a couple of solutions to that.
Use Your Surroundings To Your Advantage.
Writing & Environment – two essentials for any author. Changing your surroundings not only offers your stressed, blocked mind a much needed refresh, but it works great to get those creative wings soaring. Sitting in that same old office chair is b-o-r-i-n-g with a capital B.
Also, match your surroundings to your plot. Stories are best translated when the author experiences those emotions themselves. For example, if you were writing a scene that is high energy, try and choose a similar environment. Not only will this make your writing more realistic, but producing the scene will become so so much easier.
Intra-personal linguistic translation. That’s what writing is, really.
Read A Book or Blog Post.
Technique can be deceiving – sometimes you know what you want to write but you just can’t translate it. This is where external resources come in. Reading the works of another author or blogger can introduce to you linguistic techniques that you may have not experienced before. And that could potentially be the answer to your problem.
“The greatest enemy of writing is interruption.” – Joyce Carol Oats
I think I can vouch for everyone when I say that distractions and creativity have a water-oil relationship. They do not mix. At all. Interruptions can cause you to lose trains of thoughts, techniques or even plot basics.
During an episode of writers block, finding an area that has a decreased risk of distractions can assist you in finally putting that difficult piece together.
(This photo was too cute to not add in)
Unlock Your Creativity – Get That Imagination Rolling!
Defeat the boss battle that is writers block by getting in touch with your imagination. There are many various ways to do this, whether it’s cranking up your headphones and letting your mind drift, or simple free writing.
Perfectionism inhibits creativity. Drafting and producing stories is not a neat process. So pick up that pen (or keyboard, pencil etc.) and befriend your mistakes, because they really aren’t mistakes at all.
As always, all the best! Have fun creating and expressing your individuality. xoxo.