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 :)