auntygeek wrote: “What do you do when you get writer’s block – if you do indeed suffer from it??”
Good one! Everyone has times when they just can’t force a word out, and if you do go ahead and force it out, you usually end up scrapping what you’ve written. You’ve been hit by The DREADED WRITER’s BLOCK.
So here’s some of the strategies that I have in place for Dealing with Writer’s Block.
1) Leave it alone!
If I have the time in my schedule, I leave it alone and don’t go near it. Just walk away. Go! Get out of your head! Go for a walk, take a nap, call a friend for coffee. Sometimes, you just need a break. Don’t allow yourself to stress about needing to get to work on it. These breaks can be very necessary, so respect them, and allow them to happen. You’ll write when you are ready and it will be of higher quality for the wait, which in the end, will likely save your time copyediting – and your sanity.
2) Work on Something Else!
I’ll pull out a different story, that is written but in need of a polish and do some copy editing, so that I am still actually working on SOMETHING! Again, respect your brain’s need for a break. Chances are, you aren’t ready to write whatever it is you’re writing, until your subconscious has finished chewing on it. Do some meaningless, or menial exercises until you feel ready to try again.
3) Watch it, Don’t Write it!
If I’m feeling like I really have to meet deadlines and get going on what I’m working on, there is only one solution for me.
I sit in front of my keyboard, with my novel open to where I need to write. I pull up a playlist, I close my eyes, and I allow myself to relax into almost a meditative place. There, I allow my mind to drift with the music, and to visualize my story as a movie, I reach the scene that I need to write, and I watch it happen, with the soundtrack.
Then I open my eyes, and write down what I’ve seen. Then I’m away.
The Playlist will depend upon How I’m Feeling, and What the Scene is About.
Works every time!
My favourite Playlist for beating writer’s block
Linda’s Burn the World Playlist – You’re Welcome
King Of Poison (live) – Wide Mouth Mason
More Human Than Human – White Zombie
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Say it Ain’t So – Weezer
Add it UP – Violent Femmes
Kiss Off – Violent Femmes
Panama – Van Halen
New Orleans is Sinking – The Tragically Hip
Aerials – System of a Down
Toxicity – System of a Down
Chop Suey! – System of a Down
Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
Dragula – Rob Zombie
Time Bomb – Rancid
Wake UP – Rage Against the Machine
Mental Health (Bang Your Head) – Quiet Riot
C*m On Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot
Control – Puddle of Mudd
Roxanne – The Police
Sucks to Be You – Prozzak
Last Resort – Papa Roach
U + UR Hand – Pink
Superman’s Dead – Our Lady Peace
Self Esteem – Offspring
Eat My Brain – Odds
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
I Disappear – Metallica
Symbolistic White Walls – Matthew Good Band
Indestructible- Matthew Good Band
Load Me UP- Matthew Good Band
Hello Time Bomb- Matthew Good Band
Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
Wake UP Call – Maroon 5
The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
When You Were Young – The Killers
Run – Kill it Kid
Blondes – K-os
God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
Hurt – Johnny Cash
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
99 Problems – Hugo
Brain Stew – Green Day
Flathead – The Fratellis
Pumped UP Kicks – Foster the People
MoneyGrabber – Fitz & the Tantrums
Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter
Santa Monica – Everclear
Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
My Name Is – Eminem
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Mother – Danzig
Salvation – The Cranberries
Zombie – The Cranberries
Gel – Collective Soul
Miracle Mile – Cold War Kids
Should I stay or Should I go – The Clash
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen
Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys
Big Shot – Billy Joel
Loser – Beck
Death by Diamonds and Pearls – Band of Skulls
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