I feel incredibly elated when I write out a ton of content and I think it’s apparent in my writing (sans all of the emoticons.) Before I hit the epic wall of doom, my writing makes me feel like I’m a unicorg and I can shoot sunshine out.
I definitely exaggerated that a little, but I honestly feel so exhilarated after I put in my all into a post. And then, just like that it disappears as I faceplant a huge wall — writers block.
It is the hands-down, the absolute worst for me. Because I know the writing is all there in my
head, but it’s like my hands have become mute and cannot write/type out the words. When the words are at the tip of my tongue, but for some reason everything that I write or type out is just a plain disaster.
My own personal writing FEMA to recover from my writers block disaster falls into the three actions.
1. I keep writing
Ok so this is the most painful route for me to cure my writer’s block. However, it is also one of the most effective things for me. It’s really like pulling my teeth out and I’m trying to describe it the nicest way possible. My fingers probably hit all of the wrong keys, my handwriting becomes straight scribbles and I really just want to
throw my hands in the air to give up. My deadlines scream no though. So I continue on usually writing out expletives (Sorry Mom.) or a nonsensical mess until the right...and appropriate words come to me. But it gets me going and I’m able to scale the blockage in front of me. I wrote majority of this post while have a writer’s block moment.
2. Music...specifically all of the latest pop hits.
Britney, Biebs, JT, Carly Rae and One Direction — Gang’s all here! If you’re my Facebook friend or follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me pay homage to pop hits. I think I could even be a bona fide teeny bopper, minus that I’m 23 years old. Yet, these catchy beats really get me to jam out my writing. Maybe I’ll even be bouncing in my seat, but at least I’m moving towards a finished piece of writing. Find the tunes that make your head bop and you’ll be writing away before you know it.
I swear every night as soon as my head hits the pillow, a storm of thoughts flood my brain. It’s completely frustrating, but some good ones do spring out from that thought downpour. During a midday’s writer’s block though, I can’t exactly say goodnight to the world. So, that’s where a nap comes in. Sometimes I don’t even need to sleep, but laying my head down kickstarts my writing once again.
Writers are Chatty Cathys and Readers are Listening Lucys. I totally just made that up, but it definitely makes sense. You can interchange each role and I believe some of the best writers are also voracious readers. I read A LOT and I think it’s also allowed me to become a pretty decent writer. So when I can’t seem to form any sentences, I turn back to where it all started...reading. Sometimes it’s nonfiction or fiction, but I always have at least a few books I’m currently reading. If it’s not a book then I go to my Feedly account and consume some articles on there. It takes my mind off of how I can’t currently talk and makes me listen to something else to get my words off the ground.
Shout out to my mom, who will probably have a heart attack reading this. Yes, mother, I do clean. Sometimes you need a fresh start to really churn out the thoughts and put the pen to the paper. I’ll wash dishes, straighten my closet, clean my bathroom, make my bed etc. It all helps though because it gives me a fresh place to work...not that I’m going to work in the bathroom though. Or
besides it giving me a clean space I also can scrub out my anger from being so mad at myself for not being able to write.
Disclaimer: If this post is just a big blob, please excuse me, it’s my writers block talking