Writer’s Block is evil. It’s called Block for a reason. It’s like a wall slams down in front of you, stopping every wonderful imaginative thought that you want to spring forth. However, it’s also a bit of “oooohhhh, something shiny!”
The problem is that it makes me want to check my email fifty times and check every single status on Facebook, instead of staring at a blank page. Seriously, I can balance my checkbook in my head, make a shopping list for the next week of meals, or even watch a movie instead of fixing the hole I just wrote myself into. Took me three weeks to focus long enough to blow up that place in All Her Men…
The best thing to do when you’re suffering from the evil ‘WB’ is keep writing. If you don’t want to worry about deleting all of the unnecessary words from your Work In Progress (WIP) then pull out the good ole’ fashioned pen and paper. If you can’t think of a storyline or a plot then journal. Journal about your day, what you want out of life, or what you would have been if you could do it all over again. If you can’t focus enough to do that, then doodle. You’d be amazed at what can come to mind when you’re looking at random lines on paper and go “Hey! That looks like…” The weirdest things can shake the fog loose.
Something else that I like to do is cook. It’s amazing how a good recipe can distract you enough to where you relax enough to be able to fix things. It’s all about doing a creative action to get the juices flowing again. Never just give up. Always keep moving forward, even if it’s at a snail’s pace. You’re still making progress and that’s what’s important.
Ironically, cooking is also like making a great story… You see, cooking is a mix of wonderful movements with food where you’re mixing different foods to create something delicious and fulfilling. The flavors have to mix well or you’re wasting your time. The important thing to remember is that if you add too much of one thing you can always balance it with something else. You can add spices and vegetables to a saucy dish or go simple; however, the end result better be something you love or those that you cook for will know it.
Writing is a lot like that.
If you’re writing one story and it doesn’t feel right, change the flavors. You never know, maybe the reason your stuck is because that paranormal you’re trying so hard to write is actually meant to be a suspense. Maybe that character that you’re determined to be written a certain way really works better as a doctor than a spy.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. You never know what you might come up with. Never stop moving forward either. Always keep going and keep track of your progress, so you can see just how far you’ve come. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished…