NOTHING by Brenda Rogers
Yeah, yeah – I don’t know what else to say – I can’t, I can’t think of nothin’ – I’m stumped – Here we go (Here we go) (Writer’s Block by Royce Da 5’9). These lyrics describe my current state of mind perfectly. I have writer’s block, and it is hell. I’ve known for months that I was going to do today’s Wenches blog, been actively brainstorming for ideas for the last two weeks. But nothing, nada. All my inspiration is gone, and it doesn’t seem to be coming back soon. So what to do? The first thing I do is whine to my daughter and sister that I’m not cut out to be a writer and that I’m not ever going to write again, at which point they just roll their eyes and tune me out. If my daughter and sister had a dime for every time I swore off writing, they would be on a list of the world’s richest women. After doing the whining thing, I move on trying to fob off the blog on some other poor soul. This is usually my sister Hollie. Hollie knows if I call her in the middle of the night it isn’t because someone is hurt or dead, it just me wanting her to do some writing related task for me. Hollie’s phone no longer works between the hours of midnight and 6 am. So, what’s left? Nothing, except for me to write the blog I signed up for. All writers go through writer’s block, and we each come up with our own ways of dealing with it. Below are a couple of ideas:
- Go work your Day job – or do any other non-writing relating task that requires all your attention. This is a 100% cure for writer’s block. Inspiration will come rushing back. I start work at 6 am and usually ideas/inspiration for my writing projects start flowing by 8-9am. Unfortunately, I can’t do any extensive writing at work, but I can scribble down a few quick notes in a notebook that I carry around with me. If you are in a position where you can write when inspiration hits, then write away. Take advantage of the inspiration while you can.
- Movement. Walk away from your writing and do some physical activity. My favorite is to grab my mp4 player, shove headphones into my ear and take a walk along the waterfront while listening to loud music. Physical activity is great to get the ideas flowing through you again. Instead of banging your head against the table the next time the words won’t come, just get up and start moving. Hopefully, the ideas will start moving through you as your body is moving.
- Set a regular writing schedule and stick to it. Haven’t personally tried this one, but it has worked for several writers that I know. Kind of along the lines of “fake it until you can make it.” If structure and routine are for you, give it a shot.
- Write while you sleep. It’s okay if you have to do a second take on this one – I did when I read about this on writersdigest.com. The idea behind this is to focus on the problem you are having with your writing before you go to bed, and you self-conscious will work it out while you sleep. I’m going to give this one a try tonight and see what happens.
To reiterate – ALL writers go through writer’s block at one time or another. I’m hoping I can make one work for me. If none of these appeal to you, then there are many other things that can be tried. If you find yourself suffering from Writer’s Block, find a cure that works for you and get back to writing as soon as you can. Just never give up. Good luck, everyone.