On Writer’s Block

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Writer’s Block, in the way I define it is when I’m staring at a blank white page, and no words come to mind. I’ll be on my laptop, fingers poised on the keys to write, and my fingers don’t twitch. I can have my pen in my hand, ready to write on paper, and my brain feels as white as the page, just as empty. I can’t think of what to write. There’s nothing that comes to mind. However there are things I do to overcome this wall and get back to writing.

One:

Stop.

I stop writing. I come to the conclusion that it’s not working today. I’m sitting at my desk, or on the couch or in my bed (my three top places for writing) and it’s been two or three hours without typing or scribbling my pen, I give it up.

I take a walk.

Watch a favorite movie (The Matrix, Nightmare Before Christmas, Honey I Shrunk The Kids) or a favorite anime (Samurai Champloo, Mob Psycho 100, Kuroko’s Basketball).

I’ll play with my cat Aomine or play video games (Kingdom Hearts, Persona 4/5, Spyro Reignited Trilogy).

Essentially, I let it be.

It’s okay to not write for one day, and make a conscious decision to write tomorrow, and pull my weight for missing a day.

Two:

I stop writing wherever I am. I leave the scene or character or world-building that’s frustrating me, and write something else. I go to another scene, focus on another character, decide to work on the world’s culture rather than their government system. Words will begin to flow somewhere else, and eventually lead me back to where I left off.

Three:

I take a break. Its been two hours, and nothing is happening. Do the same as number one, take a break in a multiple of ways and go back to writing after.

Go draw (fan art these days).

Ride my bike (and maybe not fall off this time).

Blast music (Spider-Man into Spider-Verse soundtrack, Prince of Egypt soundtrack, Lord of the Rings soundtrack).

Then I go back, sit down and keep writing.

Writer’s Block should only last for a few hours at a time.

If I haven’t written a thing for a week, two weeks, a month, two months, and all I can say is I have Writer’s Block, that’s not Writer’s Block. That’s using Writer’s Block as an excuse not to write. If I can handle other aspects of my life, doing everything except writing, then I’m avoiding writing, or procrastinating.

Procrastination is another post all together.

And while I write, my cat Aomine keeps me company at my side.

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