There is a blank page. Your hands hover above the keys or your pen is poised. But no words come! How do writers ever finish a writing project once the nefarious Writer’s Block rears its ugly head? Here are some proven tips that really work.
A quick way to get back on track is to pick an object near you and describe it. For example, there is a glass of water sitting on this desk (although probably not a good idea right next to the keyboard) and I can briefly exercise my adjective and metaphor muscle by describing it.
Example: The crystalline, pure drops drawn from our aquafier settle and metamorphose like merging snowflakes into a imperfect cylinder of hydrating bliss.
A Day in the Life of a…
Choose anything-really anything-and write about a day in the life of that thing. I did one about an orange once (named Ausberger) and it was really fun. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: a paperclip, a chicken, a planet, a butterfly, a fish, water, a grass seed, a granola bar, a pilot ID card…the possibilities are endless.
Invent a New Word
I love doing this. Invent a new word, define it, and use it in a sentence. Shakespeare, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and other authors have invented words or terms that are now in common use. So try your hand at it. Maybe the world will be using it someday.
Example: Sproinged, the action a rabbit makes as he is hurrying down a bumpy road. The rabbit sproinged over ruts and puddles as he hurried on his way to the Forest Meeting.
Take a Break!
Sometimes after toiling over a writing project, you just need to get away from the page for a while. Take a walk, listen to some of your favorite music, read your favorite book, eat a snack, run an errand, just something to distract your mind for a while. When you come back to the page, your mind will take a fresh look at what you left.
Writer’s block can be an annoying, discouraging, or downright frustrating malady for writers to handle. But give it a good kick in the seat of the pants and make writer’s block work for you. Build with your writer’s blocks!