After scouring my brain and the internet, I drew a blank for writing a blog post. Then a light-bulb moment happened, and I realised to write about my exact problem: writer’s block.
At one point in your life, you’ve had writer’s block. Whether it’s deciding what to blog about, conjuring an article idea or even struggling to start an email, we’ve all had bad cases of writer’s block. The keyboard’s enemy. We all have little ways to get our brains in focus and get some creative ideas generating, but what do the experts recommend?
Often the environment you’re in can inhibit your brain from working. Music and sounds can make our ears prick up, and then lead your mind onto a tangent away from your goal. Jonathan Franzen, the author of The Corrections, would wear a pair of earplugs and noise-cancelling headphones playing ‘pink noise’. Try it out by listening here or if it’s complete silence you search for, find solace somewhere and write. Alternatively, here are some tips on mindfulness with some great music suggestions for relaxation.
When sitting at a desk, staring at a screen, it can be difficult to be inspired. Maybe it’s your posture and surroundings, so try getting more comfortable to get writing. Roald Dahl’s choice was a sleeping bag, whereas Truman Capote, who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s, would lie down with a coffee, then a sherry, and finally a martini as he wrote. However, if you are in the office at work, we wouldn’t recommend his tipples of choice!
If writer’s block is a common occurrence for you, it might be best to figure out a routine or maybe a little ritual. This will convince your brain that you are ready to get typing as soon as you do them. Whether it’s the way you write, how many coffees you have in the morning or the time you write, like Stephen King who would always start writing at exactly 8am, find what works with you. This cognitive training is sure to foster creativity.
Tell us if you have some great tips on how to get over the mental wall of writer’s block, or if any of these techniques helped you – even if you did just read it to procrastinate away from your writing!