Writer’s block means you aren’t writing. So dig deep and feel the urge. The next and last three tools will take both you and your writing and on a journey.
Writing is all about taking what you feel and putting it out to the world. So why not write something to someone in particular?
Addressing writer’s block might be as easy as addressing a letter.
Tool # 7 Write a letter
We write emails every day. I bet I write ten or twenty. Write an email to someone. I know you can compose a nice long email to a friend you haven’t contacted in a while and guess what?
You are writing.
Write a letter long hand to someone you know would appreciate it. Lots of people love to get letters in the mail. You can send letters to soldiers you have never met. (Check online under “send letters to soldiers.” There are numerous websites to choose from.)
The same goes for prisoners. Or you can write a letter to yourself and ask all the questions you want answered in a year. Mail it to a friend and tell them not to open it.
And you know you can write to nobody. Make up a person and write them a letter. Some of my best writing as a kid was to my imaginary friend. Yes I had one. Didn’t you?
Letters are deeply satisfying and dangerous for writer’s block. What’s really dangerous for anything stopping your writing is the motivation of a change of scenery. That’s what I like about the next tool, thank you Jack Kerouac.
Tool#8 Take a road trip
There is a lot to be said for a change of scenery. If you write at home, go write at a coffee shop. You can write anywhere with a pen and paper. Try the park, a library, a college campus, or if you live in the country take a trip to the city.
Your brain absorbs your surroundings. That’s why we seem to write more when we go on vacation. (Or at least we think about our stories more.) We leave the mundane behind and give our brain a new palette to work with.
Hit the road for an hour or two and give your brain a mini-vacation.
The sights along the ride alone should inspire you to jot down a few notes when you return home.
Sometimes writer’s block is just plain boredom. Change your scenery; bring a notebook; see what happens.
While you’re out and about take along some music for the last tool to melt away that old writer’s block. Heavy metal, classical, blues, jazz, funk, punk, rock, whatever makes you move inside and out – think of it like the Second Line in New Orleans. Nothing stands in the way of that music.
Tool#9 Let the beat go on
Music can create a tsunami of emotion. It can trigger memories and get under a writer’s skin where words and phrases linger waiting to be lured out.
Turn up the volume and dance; listen quietly in a darkened room, do whatever you do with music. Play something you don’t usually listen to and see what happens. Surprise yourself. Go to a live concert of someone you have never heard of.
Synesthesia is the stimulation of one sense alongside another. Song lyrics are full of literary devices to inspire you like: ‘You could cut the air with a knife’ or ‘Smells like teen spirit’. Take that writer’s block.
These tools are only a few to be added to your toolbox when writing gets hard. And of course writing is hard. It’s a job that’s at least 90% B.I.C (butt in chair).
Good luck always, and keep writing. It’s worth it when you write “THE END.”
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