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How do you overcome writer’s block?

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It had to happen eventually. This endless pattern of my life where I write, and write, and write, and then…stop.

It’s not because I have nothing to write about, I do. I’ve been storing post ideas in my head for weeks: the recent report from Crisis UK regarding homeless mortality, a piece I’ve been toying with about triggers,  words on victim blame culture and more personal pieces along the lines of; the inspirational friendship I had with Sammi, the final part of my homeless series and the continuing saga of my sister and me.

But whenever I sit in front of the computer I end up staring at a white screen until I’ve gone cross-eyed.

Perhaps the encroaching 11 October anniversary is pushing me from a positive mental state back into the negative.

Perhaps I’ve contracted an illness that has stolen my ability to form sentences.

Perhaps my epic ludicrously personal password-protected post took more out of me than I’d thought.

Perhaps I need to crack open the whisky because it’s always worked in the past.

Perhaps I’m just procrastinating.

Perhaps it’s all – or none – of the above.

Whatever’s caused it, writers block has flattened me today.

In the past I’ve attempted many things to overcome this most vicious of all writer’s fears:

Stream of consciousness writing; attempted this moments before this post…didn’t work.
Naughty stories; I always found writing naughty adult fiction helpful, but maybe that’s just me. I haven’t tried this yet today…and it’s hardly something I could post on the blog now, is it? :p
Going for a bracing walk; too anxious to venture out until  dark :/
Memes; it’s all I ever seem to do and I’m weary of annoying my audience with questionnaire after questionnaire.
Slapping myself in the face; tried, didn’t work!
Eating ice-cream; not going to do much for writer’s block, but it’s a staple when it comes to raising one’s spirits.

So today, in a quest to build an epic list of “ways to overcome writer’s block”, I’m asking if anyone has any tips and/or tricks to overcome this mental state? What is it you do when those invisible walls are erected and you find yourself unable to write? I’d love to know :)

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12 thoughts on “How do you overcome writer’s block?

  1. The only thing I’ve found helps is doing a challenge, which you’re already doing. Other than that I’ve had no joy.

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    • Agreed that the challenges help. Unfortunately today’s entry didn’t provide much opportunity for writing, perhaps I’ll have more luck tomorrow :)

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  2. I guess the best that can be done is to give it some time and then to move on.
    Write something, anything, write that “i am staring at the screen and don’t know what to write….”
    The block will step aside eventually.
    I think the key is to take a break, do something different…
    The situation gets worse the more we think about it …

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    • Thanks for the comment :)

      You’re absolutely right, I tried to write again this evening but it just didn’t work. Guess forcing it never does! So I’m taking the night off from writing and just trying to relax. It’s been a stressful week so perhaps a little time out is all I need :)

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      • Agree…sometimes I am in an urge to write but I don’t know what I want to write, the idea didn’t just pop up in my head… Then I’ll try to take a break for some time…

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