Writer's Block Coping
I feel like the one thing every writer, regardless of genre, can identify with is writer's block. You can almost feel the smoke drifting out of your ears as you stare at the page, your brain just grinding gears without actually moving forward. It's the worst.
I've also heard a hundred different ways around it, from "just writing" to playing games with your characters like imagining them in different scenarios. I've even heard people claim there is not such thing as writer's block and that it's just a lack of discipline. I don't know about all that, but I know that for over two years I have come to this website and written this blog every day.
Writer's block is real, at least from my point of view. Usually I'm lucky when it comes to the blogs and I have something that's been on my mind. When I don't, I usually resort to sharing a Knowledge Bomb or Paladin Playlist. But what about with my story?
Currently I'm in the planning stages for this next iteration of The Paladin, which means I'm doing a lot of plotting and outlining. The idea here is that when the time comes to actually write, I won't get writer's block because everything will be laid out for me. But that doesn't mean it hasn't happened. I've found the best ways to deal with it, for me, has been to get out of my own head. Sure, there's the temptation to turn to video games or Netflix, but I find I need to get someplace quiet and outdoors. Someplace I can let my ideas just bubble and boil until eventually a hot, frothy soup of inspiration is created.
I'm lucky enough to be near trails where I can just wander the wilderness, but I've also taken strolls downtown and through department stores. Really, all the things I do in a day beyond writing are in an attempt to quiet all the voices in my head, to help me ignore them. But when I can't write, I need to remove all the distractions so I can actually hear those weirdos loud and clear.
Well... that's what works for me, anyway. What about you?
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