So, some days writing flows, free and easy. The ideas are popping and a paper or post comes together like it was nothing. And then, there are days when the ideas cease to flow. When your best muses have deserted you and your brain seems to be stuffed to the gills with one cliché after another. When even the best prompt or topic can’t summon words to make it whole.
When these days occur, it’s important to have an arsenal of tools to muster in order to kick the writer’s block to the curb. So, this morning I offer you my list of the top 10 Heinzekehr approved strategies for kicking writer’s block:
10. Spend copious amounts of time reading other blog entries, news articles, the occasional gossip column and Facebook posts in order to find new, fresh ideas.
8. Seek solace and inspiration with chocolate.
7. Read through old undergrad and graduate school papers. Feel good about yourself for improving your writing skills and/or embarrassed about your former insights.
6. Lay on the floor and listen to songs by favorite low-key artists: Patty Griffin, Sarah McLaughlin, Jewel, etc. Maybe put on an old jock jams album and dance around the living room. However the Spirit leads…
5. Clean the house. Fold laundry. Do anything in order to avoid looking at a laptop.
3. Drink a glass of wine. When pregnant, repeat step 8.
2. Take a nap. Pray for divine inspiration to come in the form of dreams.
1. Complete daily blogging assignment by posting an entry about how to overcome writer’s block. ..
So, what are your best practices for overcoming writer’s block? Anything you would add to the list?