The moment I decided to write about writer’s block, I was hit with an intense and unconquerable wave of procrastination. Suddenly, paying my electric bill online sounded more appealing than trying to write a series of complete sentences. Then I remembered a quote I love from writer Charles Bukowski, “Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” So, I sucked it up, and remembered my go-to, 9 out of 10 doctor recommended, fast acting, extra-strength tactics for curing a wicked case of writer’s block.
Hydrate & grab a snack – Hanger is a real thing. Picture yourself as a character from the Sims computer game. Is your hunger bar low? Do you need to use the restroom? Make sure your basic needs are fulfilled before you jump in.
Step away from your desk – You won’t make any progress when the same uncomfortable chair you sit in while doing your unavoidable, mundane tasks is caressing your butt. Change your scenery and give yourself time to explore outside.
Go somewhere secret – Find a sacred sanctuary where you can escape for a bit. Turn off your phone, avoid mentioning to coworkers or colleagues where you’re going and allow yourself to get in the zone. Alone.
Word vomit – Prod your brain with a prompt about the subject you’re writing on. From there write down EVERY thought that comes to mind. Every last one. Even if it’s a pizza-powered helicopter or unicorn emblazoned leather jacket. Write it down, because it could fuel your next big idea.
Use a dictionary or thesaurus – You lack words, so why not go to the place where they all live? Write the most basic form of what you need to write, and then go back and season with extra-savory vocabulary.
Consider switching up your method – If you usually type, get Shakespearean and use a pen and paper. If you usually write, type it out like you’re Matthew Broderick in War Games. The change might get your brain working.
Record your thoughts – Keep a notebook full of your musings while you’re standing in line at the DMV or getting your morning coffee. Write down words you find intriguing, phrases that sound nice to your ear, and even ideas that inspire you to forge a 45-minute path down a Wikipedia rabbit hole.
Hang in there – Try not to worry about what others might think when they read it. As writers, we often draw from emotions and deep feelings and because of that, we can become overly attached to every word. Learn to let it go, and know that improvements will only make you and your work look better.
Set up your ideal conditions and disengage your filter. Remember, even writing about a chronic, seemingly incurable case of writer’s block is better than not writing anything at all.