Overcoming Writer’s Block

I thought this would be a good entry for today because today I’m experiencing something every good, terrible, mediocre or even great writer has experienced before: writer’s block.

Not unlike a bolt out of the blue, it can happen any time and will likely leave you sitting there wondering, “Why me? Why now?”

There’s no limit to the different types of writing out there, which makes identifying a sure shot cure difficult. What’s more, there are about a million and three tricks to overcoming writer’s block, so finding your magic feather is really up to you and your personal preference.

We do a lot of writing at this site- I personally logged a million words in one year alone several years ago (roughly 2,800 words a day 365 days a year)- so I thought I’d share what works best for me.

  1. Identify an embarrassing or Ah-Hah! childhood moment in your life- something deeply seeded with a strong emotion- and start writing based on that experience.
  2. Imagine being someone you admire and write through their voice. What would they say? How would they act?
  3. Listen to music.
  4. Take a shower. Turn the water on hot and just sit there letting the ideas come. Droning sound and minimal distraction will help the ideas flow.

Most importantly, though, don’t be afraid to fail. Writing the wrong thing is infinitely more important than writing nothing when you’re trying to come up with that next big idea or profound thought. To further emphasize my point,

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

-Hockey God, Wayne Gretzky

Try hard and fail often.

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