Monthly Archives: September 2011
Anyone who has had mini-writer’s block knows that it can be painful. I’m sure most of you know mini-writer’s block, even if you don’t call it that. It’s where you know what you want to write, but you can’t quite get the words to start flowing. Everything you try doesn’t seem to work, or you can’t even get the ball rolling to see if it does work. Fear not! There are a few tricks that can help. And these truly are tricks, done to trick you brain into cooperating. I have four of them for you to try: two for you computer-writers, and two for you longhand writers (like me).
1: If you normally write on a computer, why not throw your brain–and the mini-writer’s block–a curve ball? Switch it up by grabbing a notebook and pen and write longhand for a session. Once you get into the groove, you can switch back to your normal style of typing the words directly into your word processor, thoughts of your mini-writer’s block gone.
2: If you flat out refuse to write without your computer (and I’ve heard stories of writers who do), you can also trick your brain by using a different font or text color. Seeing the words look different than you’re used to could trigger a burst of creativity, sending that mini-writer’s block away faster than two football teams out of Los Angeles (yes, I’m 15 years late on that joke, but that’s always the first simile that pops into my mind–blame six months of working on the Jungle Cruise for that one).
3: For those of you who write longhand, why not go the opposite route of what I suggest in example one? Try writing on your computer. Again, it only has to be a single or partial writing session, but if it gets results, why not? Plus you won’t have to copy that first part over again later.
4: Again for you longhand writers, if you don’t want to write directly into your computer, try a different colored pen. Like example two, a new look could trigger ideas. Or try a pen that feels different in your hand. This may bump up the creativity in the short term. Or write with a pencil. Not only will this likely feel different in your hand and look different on the page, but it also has a different texture when you’re actually writing. This triple whammy might be exactly what you need to get the words flowing.
So next time you know what you want to say, but you’re stumped about how you actually want to get it on the page, try one of these steps. Your conscious mind will be focusing on how this is unlike your normal habit, and your unconscious mind can swoop in and save the day. Good luck, and have fun!