Wednesday, November 12
Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?
Writer’s Block would imply that I am a regular writer. I don’t think I am a “real” one – yet! I guess I sort of am as I do blog. Other than this month, I have not been that organized and consistent. I want to become more so and for that reason, have joined NaBloPoMo! I figured I would find the inspiration from the prompts and, so far, have. It’s been a great tool actually because there are ideas that I probably would not have ever thought of writing about – or even dared. I would have told myself that no one would be interested in XYZ but, because of this forum, I have given myself permission to go out there and just write it!
I have stories swirling in my head, telling me to go ahead and write them down and become a REAL writer but haven’t decided – yet – to focus my energies on them. Or maybe, it is just that I needed this month of all-over-the-place writing to test my skills and gain confidence.
As a result, this month I haven’t suffered from “The Block” – not even once! Encouraging.
At this particular time I am not on a hard deadline schedule so if I sit at the computer and see nothing but a blank page (which mirrors my blank thoughts) I just step away or I go on Facebook and see what others are posting. Once I’m done with the mostly nonsense on this forum, I then go to my inbox which is overflowing with blog posts to which I am subscribed. I cannot keep up! Sometimes just reading others’ posts is enough to give me an idea of a direction.
If all that fails, I go down to my kitchen to cook! There, I never get “The Block”!
I have read that it helps to scribble whatever thoughts come to one’s head, without paying any heed to syntax, spelling and grammar (I’m such a nerd, I can’t even skip periods!) I haven’t tried this technique yet but will when all else fails – or when I have a real deadline – or when I have decided to write that novel…