“Writing is a kind of energy that is a balancing act between our desire to communicate and the pressure to do so.” Jane Bernard
Last week at the Muse online writer’s conference, I attended a chat given by Jane Bernard called Knock your Block Off, about what to do when you have writer’s block. Here is a summary of what I learned.
- —set a time limit on how long you will sit and stare at the screen.
- —stop focusing on what is blocking you and be sure to use number one.
- —while you’re taking a break, instead of fighting with yourself to write, take a minute and be clear about what it is you’re trying to do
- —know what you want to do. Whatever is distracting you is not going to go away until you look it in the eye.
- —respect yourself. Writers are people who write. Recognize what your attitude is towards yourself. Don’t beat up on yourself
- —maintain a sense of humor. People write because experiencing creative passion is rewarding. I have never heard anyone say it is fun.
- —don’t fake it. Be real. There is always a momentum going on whether you are blocked or not. Your mind doesn’t stop thinking about your manuscript just because you do.
Writer’s block is a kind of fear. It is an expression. It’s letting yourself wonder if what you write will be good enough or what others will think instead of thinking about what you want to write. When you get blocked it is because you have put your foot on the brakes. One reason the block feels so bad is because the writing energy is still inside you trying to get out. The idea is to allow the natural process to evolve. Trust your creative process.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block and what techniques have you found useful in banishing it?
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