Let me make it clear. I no longer believe in writer’s block. I haven’t experienced writer’s block in over a decade. Writer’s block to me is a mess. It’s the physical manifestation of insecurity and procrastination. If you follow the outline that I’ve detailed in the section previous to this one, it should be very, very hard for you to ever be in a situation where you can say that you have writer’s block. Even though I only recently adopted the outlining format myself, I kissed goodbye to writer’s block a long time ago. Here are some additional tips if you are the type that finds yourself struggling with getting your ideas flowing on the page.
Make an outline: Yes I’m hammering it home. I’m really stressing this. An outline is your friend and will help you and will be a great asset into preventing writer’s block. Please be sure to read all of the content on outlines in the following chapter in the book.
Write something else: Sometimes our minds are just dry for ideas on a story. This is often because we start focusing too hard on it, analyzing and critiquing it with our left brain, which totally interrupts the creativity of your right brain and bogs you down. So the best way to turn the left side of your brain off and get the right side started up again is to start writing something new. Go with any idea, it doesn’t have to be a serious one. Just start writing something else and you’ll find the ideas start to flow again with this new topic, setting and characters and before you know it, suddenly you have an idea for that story that you realize is actually better suited to the original story you were writing in the first place. Then you can jump back over to your first story and pick up the creative threads where you left off.
Take a walk and hit the showers: No, I don’t mean quit and give up. I don’t mean the game is over. I literally mean that taking a walk or shower are great ways to break writer’s block. How many times have you been in the shower and suddenly gotten a great idea and wished that you had a notepad? Or in the middle of the night while lying in bed and your brain can’t stop because of all the ideas you didn’t write down during the day? Well this is because when you’re doing monotonous or automatic things, your left brain stops focusing. You’ve taken a walk or a shower a million times in your life, so your left brain doesn’t have to supervise. It starts to time out and when your left brain times out, the opportunity for your right brain to take over is present and you’re right brain will begin to do what it needs to: explore ideas and pull inspiration from the world around it. It’s as simple as that. Distract your left brain and put it to sleep and your right brain will start to flow with more creative ideas than it can handle.