I’m not one to beat around the bush, so I won’t do it now when I reinforce my belief that there is no such thing as writer’s block.
Many will vehemently disagree, but these are the writers lazy in their approach to character development, plot lines, creative licence or the realities of time management. Harsh? It’s so easy to blame this mythical black hole in the centre of the brain for the drain on new ideas and vortex-sucking disregard for manuscript deadlines.
Life is an endless journey continually offering new chapters, plot twists and emotional roller coasters and yet we endure these challenges and often embrace them. Given our varied approaches to education, love, career, depression and travel, how on earth do we ever run out of things to communicate?
Our story as human beings is an endless script regarding progression and change and thus the perfect vehicle of inspiration to drive the creative mind further than expectation. So next time you’re huddled on the sofa, scarfing a bowl of chips and coddling your lack of motivation, consider the following ideas to press forward:
- Have you been cooped up in your writing space all day, tapping at the keys in the hopes inspiration will hit? Take a break, go outside, breathe fresh air and then return if willing. You’ll be surprised what you missed or what new ideas may occur with clear eyes.
- Has your plot lost momentum? Take five, reassess what your story is really about, where it started and how you want it to end. Are there highs and lows? Does the middle build to culminate with an exciting end?
- Are your characters dull? Really think about this and perhaps adapt the personality of your story’s creations to the real-life people that inspire you, make you laugh or absolutely incense you.
- Check your Emotions! Writing of substance will never occur if your mood is dour, listless or riddled with pressure. Poor attitudes lead to poor results and thus your concentration will lead to negative thoughts circling that drain of what is commonly referred to as ‘writer’s block’.
All-in-all, writing is a gift, a passion pursued by those with an unending desire to scribe their thoughts. Writer’s block is a choice, not an ailment; you can dwell on lack of progress and exacerbate laziness and mental negativity or you can choose to take a breath and reevaluate. The point is not to blame what doesn’t exist, but to take a look at what you can control and how that change in perspective may add a new spark of creativity to a story you’d previously lost hope with.
This post is Submitted as Guest Post by Kristy Berridge