It happens. Writers block. The dreaded curse of anyone with a deadline.
Quick tip. If you’re confronted with an empty mind and blinking cursor, try one of these:
1. If you’re just stuck on words alone – can’t extract the perfect phrase – jump to the next sentence or paragraph. Try writing that. Then go back to the sticking point.
2. Still stuck? Go for a walk, do the dishes – take a break. Not too long though. Ten minutes maximum – if you’re in the ‘zone’, you don’t want to break it.
3. Bigger sticking demands bigger guns. Stuck on an idea? Direction? Change medium. If you’re on a computer, grab a pen and paper. Brainstorm. Write down the first things that come to mind.
4. Still stuck? OK, do something completely different. Get out of the ‘zone’ altogether – go watch a movie, have a meal. Then come back to your writing.
Do these work for you? Have you a favourite way of getting yourself out of dreaded ‘writers block’? I’d love to hear from you.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013
Next: Write It Now, Part 2 – plus Inspirations, kindness, and more. Watch this space.