No, it’s not just you. all writers suffer through it.
No, it won’t last for ever. It’s a temporary condition.
Yes, it will get better.
Yes, you will still have those magical creative days.
Still, two questions remain – how do I get out of this one? And how can I prevent them happening?
First, accept this dearth of ideas and creative energy as part of the nature of life. The moon goes though its phases; the tides follow. The year, for many of us, has distinct seasons, each with its own characteristics. Plants bloom, die back then grow and bloom again.
Life’s like that. We have our highs and our lows. We have our wonderful creative energy moments and our times when our brain turns to mush. Accept the brain mush as part of the ebb and flow of your life. The sooner you stop fighting it, the faster you can do something about it.
Do what? Decide what replenishes your energy. Make a list of what energizes you – a walk, hike or bike ride, retail therapy, a nap, a holiday, play time with your dog, a phone call to a friend. Everyone’s list will be different. Write yours.
Pick a favorite and do it. Forget your writing and your block, get right into your favorite activity, give it your best shot. It may not cure the block immediately but it will shorten its duration and loosen its grip on you.
How can you prevent them? Probably you can’t prevent them totally but you can minimize them. Eat right and exercise so you are as healthy as you can be. Get plenty of sleep. Understand what your stressors are, and avoid them whenever you can.
Try some of the woo-woo stuff like yoga, meditation, being grateful for the abundance in your life. It can’t hurt.
Stop trying to force the writing. Change gears sometimes, write something fun. Don’t write yourself into a state of overtiredness; quit while you’re ahead.
I’ve never met a writer who doesn’t get writer’s block sometimes, so you are in good company. Most have strategies for maintaining good physical, mental and emotional health. They have their own personal ways of shortening the block when it arrives.
What’s your best tip for preventing or shortening writer’s block?