By Natalie Lovejoy
Whether you are writing the next great American play or a term paper for English Comp 101 or a technical manual for operating Bow Flex, writer's block has all gotten the best of us at some point.
Since I write quite a lot, I'm well acquainted with this beast and have therefore found some reliable ways to slay it (like writing a blog about it...hehe). So the next time it attacks you, you will be prepared!!!
#1: Cry and give up.
JUST KIDDING!! Don’t do this.
#2: Write down something, anything.
It’s much much harder to write than to re-write. Write down anything that comes to you; it doesn’t have to be complete sentences or even complete thoughts. Even if you think it’s udder rubbish, force yourself to write it down. No one’s going to see it but you at this stage. I've made myself do this many times, each time thinking it was the most horrible thing ever, only to come back to it the next day and realize it was...actually...kinda...not as horrible as I remembered.
#3: Do something monotonous.
You’ve probably heard it’s good to take a break when you have writer’s block, but it’s really only helpful to take a break to do something monotonous. (Something about boosting dopamine and alpha waves). Wash the dishes,fold laundry, vacuum (as a bonus, your home will get super clean!) Also taking a walk is helpful.
#4: DON’T do something totally distracting.
DON'T WATCH THIS!
Got writer’s block? Guess I might as well sit down and watch the entire new season of OITNB! Oooh, still nothing’s coming….Guess I’ll spend five hours watching kitten videos on YouTube. NO! That is just procrastinating and it’s not going to get you any closer to your goal.