Writer’s block. The most frustrating thing anyone who writes can experience. You want to write, but what do you write? It’s infuriating. How do you deal with it? I have a few ways I ‘cure’ writer’s block. I have a few small tips that aren’t worth adding to the official list, so I’ll throw them in with this paragraph. Take a break, don’t even think about writing for a day or two. Take a shower. Listen to music. Maybe all three things at once! Whatever floats your boat. Those are my smaller tips. Proceed to these next two tips if you’re still struggling.
#1: Have a Side Project to Work On
This tip is more of a writer’s block vaccine. Having a side project can keep your creative life from getting stale. The way I handle this is that I have my main project, a novel, and I have my side project, a short story. I switch between them frequently, sometimes writing each one a few minutes at a time, or even simultaneously. This keeps writing fresh, because you have more than one story line to focus on, and this helps keep writer’s block away to begin with.
#2: Write Absolute Garbage
My second cure sounds weird, but it’s effective. Write trash. Don’t worry about grammar, or spelling, or good storytelling. Just write. Here is something you could do, just take something that happened to you in your day, and write it as a story, if you want, add a plot twist and don’t worry about whether it’s cliche or not. Here’s an example. “I sigh happily as we role into the driveway, our sixteen hour drive home is over, and I can finally stretch my legs and sleep a little bit. As I walk inside, I notice something strange. Blood coats the floor! “Jaacoob.” A hissing whispering voice says behind me…” Anyway, you get the point, nobody would read this, I don’t want to read it. And that frees you up to write anything you want, and after a while, you’ll find that you can return to your real stories and ideas without having writer’s block. Write garbage, don’t worry about making it good, just have fun with it, and you’ll be just fine.
And that’s that. The ways I’ve found to overcome writer’s block. Though a disclaimer, what works for one person, won’t work for the next. These work for me, but they may not for you, but they might work for your Aunt, but possibly not your cousin. Who knows? The only way to know is to try. But experiment yourself and find out what works for you.