Thinking about the snow and the arctic air, I couldn't help but think about times when my brain freezes and I just can't come up with the next thing to write. Most writers call this "writer's block."
I used to get really frustrated when this happened, but in the years since I started writing professionally, I have developed some tools to help me cope when I don't know what to write.
- I take a break from writing. You see, I spend more than 5 hrs a day in front of the keyboard writing. I get PAID to write. So when I reach that literary brick wall, I sometimes just have to step away from it for a little while. I might do dishes, prepare dinner, or fold laundry. I find that doing something totally unrelated to my writing can help spark my inspiration again.
Another thing I like to do is exercise, particularly walking, cycling or aquafit. Now, some of these exercises are more
planned than others, but I do find that, the more that I exercise, the clearer my thinking is and also the stronger my writing is. What an interesting co-relation.
When I'm experiencing literary frustration with one project, I will often jump onto working on another project for a little while. It's been my experience that, when I am stuck on one project, simply switching gears and working on something else
gives me enough of a break to be able to come back at it and see my project with new eyes.
What are your strategies for dealing with writer's block?