Writer’s Block Can Be a Blessing and a Curse
So the last blog I wrote was in the latter part of April. It has been a whole month since I have but fingers to keyboard and written something for myself. My job involves a lot of blog writing for other people. It means that I struggle to sit down and write for me because that’s all I have been doing for the past 8 hours. This past month, rather this year so far has been really difficult. I thought that 2016 was a bad year and 2017 will be the year that makes me. So far I have experienced difficulties with my work, sickness in the family and; stress, destruction and distraction that I have never had to experience before.
I don’t want this to become a rambling blog where I moan and groan about the current state of affairs that my life has found itself in. I wanted this blog, and still want this blog, to be a place of positivity. A place I know I can come to and find joy in the little things. I also wanted this to be a place where I can discuss my travels. I have got three blogs that I need to upload that date back to may. One is about going home, one is about going to Hartsholme Country Park in Lincoln and the last one is about my trip to London for my birthday.
Before I discuss this any further I wanted to talk more about writer’s block, what it is and how to overcome it.
Writer’s Block Advice and Tips Moving Forward
Writers block can occur at any given time and it is usually associated with authors. It is when you lose the ability to produce any new work or have a creative shutdown. It can range from not being able to produce any creative ideas to not being able to work for a number of years. In my opinion writer’s block can be linked to your mental and emotional state. If you are feeling defeated, unmotivated, depressed, and anxious it can cause you to put a hold on all things that make you happy. Being creative and being productive are things that make me happy. It gives me a purpose and when I can’t do those things it becomes a cycle.
There are things that I have found to be helpful with writer’s block or being in a creative slump. So here are my personal tips for overcoming that block:-
- Write – This may seem stupid but if you are stuck for ideas or you feel that you cannot write anything else, change the topic. Think about something completely different. Find a new stimulus, even if it is something completely unrelated and will not be beneficial to you at that moment in time. It will get your mind motivated to think about something new, if that makes sense? You’ll be able to look at your project from a different angle and have new ideas.
- Walking – Walks are the perfect time to get out of your head and to get outside to think. It may seem obvious but putting yourself in a different environment can inspire you. It will give you the time and space you need to think more about things without keeping you boxed in. Also you may experience something new, or meet somebody new and that could spark your creativity.
- Documentaries – I find that watching documentaries about real life or art inspire me to be creative and to think creatively about the things I am setting my mind on. At the moment I have just finished watching The Keepers on Netflix. It is eye opening and inspiring and makes me want to do better and better. I could write a whole review about this but I’ll keep it short.
- Routine – For me having a routine makes me feel like I have to get something done. Even if what I am doing isn’t exactly my best work, I feel that sense of achievement when it’s done. It is that feeling that motivates me to keep doing work. After I have written this I am going to feel so much better. It’s that feeling of accomplishment that will make me want to write a hundred more blog posts. So incorporating writing or drawing or anything that you want to do into your routine makes it so much easier to do it.
Overcoming Writer’s Block in The 21st Century
Having writer’s block in an age where you have the world at your fingertips is very difficult. A lot have people have said that best way to overcome procrastination is to do all the things you want to do and then focus on the project you need to do. However, it is hard when you are procrastinating from a project that you actually want to do. That’s the hardest part, you want so badly to sit down and write something but nothing comes to mind. I think that is why it is important to create some sort of routine for yourself. So that no matter what you have something to focus on. Something to be motivated for.
Moving forward with this blog I want to start writing more about my opinions, the things I am passionate about. I want to write about books, tv, film, theatre, art everything I love. I think that I tried to make this blog something that it is not. I tried to keep a distance between myself and the things I post. Although what I have posted have been personal experiences, I have been writing them with the mind set of ‘what will other people think?’ I need to stop that and think about myself, be a little selfish with my blog. So you are going to start to see some changes.