Writer’s block happens even to the best of writers. It can hit anytime but mostly comes at the beginning of a writing project. The question that constant rings in the head is, what do I write about? When it happens, nothing seems to make sense, no idea is worth writing and the energy to write is just not there. Surrendering to writer’s block is fatal for a writer. Some writers spend years before coming back, and some leave writing altogether. How can a writer boost creativity and beat writer’s block?
Take a deserved break
If you have been working for some time without a meaningful break, what you would be taking to be writer’s block would be burnout and fatigue. Take a break for rest and recovery. It can be as simple as taking a 30 minutes’ break or taking a week or few months’ off. The trick is not to get off the creative altogether but stay at the edges by taking the time to listen to favorite music, visit the museum or something that spells creativity.
The morning pages trick
This creativity trick was popularised by Julia Cameron. Basically, you take a notepad in the morning first thing you wake up and write 3 pages of whatever came to your mind during the night, and any inspirations you may have in the morning. Out of this will come out a few gems.
Carry a notebook and camera
Your smartphone can work just as well. If you are in the stages of laying the foundation for your writing, you never know where the inspiration could come from. You will come across a variety of symbols, signage, images and human interaction scenes that can spark off bright ideas when you sit down to review them.
Borrow a leaf from the movie industry where plots will often match closely. Reading a few books from other writers in the same genre could give you an idea for a twist. Go outside and live life and people watch. They might just give you an idea for your characters interaction. I myself have put a romantic interaction that happened to me in my new fantasy series!
Expand on what you have
Have you explored, and explained whatever you are writing on, enough for the reader? Some authors, for example, Tom Clancy are renowned for their detailed explanations of different real-life concepts and jargon, which is used in their books. A detailed explanation goes deeper and provides more to write on.
This is the art of unstructured writing. The idea is that you pick a prompt and use it as a bouncing board. A prompt could be anything; car, emotion, pet, or TV scene. Basically, the idea is to keep writing instead of despairing about your writer’s block.
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