Sometimes, I sit down at my computer and the words just flow. Other times, I stare at a blank screen with no clue where to begin. The cursor pops in and out, in and out, diligently taunting my lack of inspiration. Even the best writers have experienced it, but you don’t have to be a writer or blogger to know where I’m coming from. I’ve had it while writing papers, emails (particularly at work), presentations, and even sometimes thank you notes. My mind draws a blank and I have no idea what to write next.
So, what do you do? This article has some great tips – after reading it I laughed because I actually practice many of these when I get writer’s block, but I’ve never realized I was doing it. Specifically, I eliminate distractions, mainly in the form of cleaning. There will be times when I sit down to write and an hour later, there are no words on screen but my entire desk is spotless. When I get stuck, I also practice freewriting, which is where you ignore punctuation, thought process or any sort of structure and you just write whatever comes to mind. This particularly comes in handy when I’m at work (advertising copywriting can lead you down deep writer’s block ruts) but many times it will also result in an interesting twist that I hadn’t thought of before.
I’m curious, what other tips do you have when facing writer’s block? Do you de-clutter and let your mind wander like I do, or do you do something more structured?