It’s hard to believe that it’s March! What that means, for you and for us, is that we are approaching the cutoff for our submission contest to be featured in our very first publication. March 15th is the final day to get all of your entries completed and sent in for consideration. You can submit your work here.
With that being said, even though it goes without saying, now would be the worst, the absolute worst, possible time to deal with the dreaded…cue the music…dun, dun DUN!
Writer’s Block is defined as the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
How can that be possible you ask? How does one reach such a level conscious unconsciousness that they can’t think of what to write or how to proceed in writing?
Believe us, friends, it happens. It’s like being stuck in rut or having “a case of the Mondays.” Sometimes we put so much of ourselves out there and we just hit a limit where our minds just….
See what we did there? :)
So how do we beat it? How do we overcome it? Well, there are a few things you can do to defeat the monster that’s been plaguing artists for centuries!
Tips For Defeating Writer's Block
· Step away. Take some time away from the notepad, the smartphone, the tablet, the laptop. Maybe you’re trying too hard. Maybe you are your own worst critic right now and everything you are writing has value but you can’t see through the forest through the trees. If that’s the case, go for a walk, a run, get outside if you’re able. I know certain areas are still dealing with the doldrums of winter thanks to Punxatawney Phil but a bit of fresh air could do you some good regardless. It may help clear the mind whilst getting the creative juices flowing.
· Pick up a book. Investing time in another’s words can help bust through that barrier that is seemingly keeping you at bay. What book are you reading now? What’s next on your list? We’d love to hear and we’re always open to grabbing a new literary find.
· Go meet people. Talk to a stranger. Go to your local café and strike up a conversation with the person in line behind you. Inspiration can be found anywhere. We all have a story to tell. Maybe you can be the mouthpiece for someone else’s story by simply meeting someone new. It could lead to your next great work of art and solidify a lifelong friendship with someone. Either way, it’s a win-win.
· Do something else creative to get the mind working again. Draw, paint, build something – be it origami, a house of cards, Lego’s, a puzzle.
· Zone out with a movie or some good music. Head to your local theater and grab a ticket for the current box office blockbuster film or turn everything off and drop the needle on the turntable for your favorite album. You know the one. We all have our favorites. The one that you can listen to on repeat 5 times in a row and never get sick of. That one. Go find it, play it. Submerge yourself within the sounds of your favorite song on your favorite album by your favorite band. It may only take 3 minutes and change to get you outta this haze that’s hanging around upstairs.
· Lastly – simply just write. And keep writing. And then write some more after that. Anything. Everything. Whatever comes to mind. Worry about the minutiae later but at least get back in the saddle and power through it. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but you may find it works for you.
Defeat the Monster & Get Writing!
All of the options listed above may work for some and some of the options may work for all. Either way, find what works for you and stay the course. As we mentioned, time is ticking and you have a few short weeks left to submit your work to our first publication! So get going because we want to see them all!
Feel free to leave us a comment below on what works for you or has worked in the past. Even “The Boss” knows you can’t start a fire without a spark. Now sing along everybody and use your mind’s eye to picture Courtney Cox in that music video with her pre-Friends bad 80’s haircut - “Even if we’re just dancing in the dark…”