Good Morning Everyone!
I've been chatting to a friend of mine in regards to my writing and we
inevitably got around to the subject of Writer's block, with my friend asking me how I handle it. Well, I'd be lying if I said I didn't get Writer's block - I do. Moreover, it seems to happen when I have so much going on in my head that I can't seem to work
out or decide what it is that I want to do next.
What do I do about it? I keep doing something. It isn't always a good thing for me to keep writing if I've hit a block,
what I wrote ends up being complete garbage and I don't like having to keep rewriting things. I think this is why I have so many hobbies, I write, I read, I loom knit (baby hats are a go at the moment), I make jewellery. Why? I like to keep my mind occupied,
but if I feel a little tangled up with one thing, I pick up something else for a while to give my head a chance to sort through everything.
I sometimes find it helps
to change position and move around, I don't sit to write in the same place for more than a couple of days unless I really like the spot and the ambience around me works. For example, I normally sit at the back of the room (I'm in the living room at the mo),
facing the window, but I decided to move my little table to under the window instead. Now when I need to look away from the screen to rest my eyes, I look up and out of the window and see a different view, much more of the trees that are right outside as opposed
to just the block of flats across the road.
I also have a (not so secret) thing about planes. My home here in London appears to sit under a flight path for both big
London airports so there are planes coming overhead almost one every couple of minutes and I love it. I just can't get over the physics of it, how something so big can get into he air, fully loaded with passengers and luggage and fly such huge distances...anyway,
If I do want to carry on writing, I might change the draft I'm working on so I don't find myself becoming a little fed up with the piece I'm working on. I
have a few that I like to keep on the go and if I get a new idea, I write it down. I have notebooks all over the place (at home in Nottingham) and try and keep just one general use notebook with me when I travel home to London in case a new idea pops into
Most of all, I have learned to give myself a break. I used to get so frustrated with myself when an idea wasn't working or I just couldn't think what to write
next, now I don't woory quite so much. I have a break, make some fruit tea and just watch a tv show for a short break before I start again. In fact, I like that idea so I'm going to go a pop the kettle on.
I hope my ramblings here help you to understand that Writer's block isn't always a bad thing, that you can take it easy on yourself and relax - after all, the calmer you are, the better you write.
Take care, stay safe and as always, Keep Reading! x