Get Writing Again – Untraditional Methods to cure Writer’s Block
by Celinka Serre – Binky Productions
If you search online on tips to get over Writer’s Block, you’re going to find a lot of the same stuff, like taking a walk, trying something new, relax, take a break, breathe a bit. Hmm, that sounds familiar. Right, these are all good tips on stress management. Which in turn can help with Writer’s Block, but it isn’t enough. So how do you get that inspiration flowing?
Okay, first off, when I write, I don’t think about what I’m going to write. Well, yes a bit, but not in the literal sense. I become the tool of my inspiration and I let the story write itself. Literally. When inspiration hits, I cannot be stopped. Be it a screenplay or my novel series I’m working on completing, when inspiration flows, I cannot be stopped. I will write, and write; don’t talk to me, I’m writing. I will take my manuscript with me to the bathroom if I have to. I will not stop.
So what’s my secret? I have a few tricks up my sleeves that I’m going to share with you today.
First of all, when I get Writer’s Block, instead of trying to write, I don’t write. I like to think of it as the inspiration isn’t communing with me today. Have you ever asked yourself if maybe the reason you’re not inspired to write at that moment is because maybe you shouldn’t be writing at that moment? Maybe, you’ll write something more awesome a bit later. This is the time to apply all those relaxation techniques, simply because you don’t want to be focusing on not being able to write at that moment. Accept it and take a break. Sometimes it can be a big long break. During these break times, I like to read a lot, or play RPG video games, which have great storylines, not to mention epic music.
Which brings me to another trick I use. Music. What music really inspires you? And I’m not talking music with lyrics. I’m talking either movie soundtrack or video game soundtrack, classical, jazz, anything that is instrumental. Recently I’m very much into the soundtrack of a game called Dragon Age, some of you may have heard of it. I listen to it almost all the time when I write. For a time it was the extended Lord of the Rings movie soundtracks. Whatever moves you deep inside of you will help you write. I’ve also mentioned Hemi-Sync before in my stress management management article. Hemi-Sync tracks can be a great way to get your thoughts flowing in a coherent pattern to be able to write for a long period of time.
Something else that I notice a lot of people never actually stop to think about before they sit down to write is: Are you a pen and paper kind of person or a computer type of person? Do you prefer to write the old fashioned way or to type it up right away. For me, I’m a pen and paper type of person. Before I type it up, I need to write it with my own hands. My thoughts flow better when I do. Exceptionally only will I type it up right away.
Your brain and body are in unison and the responses of your body and brain have something to do with whether you type or write. And not everyone works better by writing on paper like I do, some have more inspiration in front of a computer screen. This is explained better when reading about Embodied Cognition, it’s about how the body influences the mind. So your body, if it prefers to write, will help your mind flow better with thoughts about what you want to be writing about if you are writing rather than if you are typing. If your body prefers when you type, it will be the other way around. So I would say, figure out what your body prefers when it comes to your writing habits, and then go with that. Your mind will follow through.
Another thing I do sometimes if I’m overcome by Writer’s Block, is an interesting technique called EFT, also known as Tapping Therapy. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s an interesting tool for clearing the mind and reprogramming your brain with what you would like. A lot of people use it to help overcome psychological disorders. It consists of tapping on specific points on your face, body and hands, and of repeating affirmations in regards to the problem you wish to address. So for example, if it’s writer’s block, the way I do it is, as I’m going through the tapping points, I repeat ‘’Even though I don’t feel inspired right now, I truly, deeply and completely love and accept myself.’’ Then I will elaborate and say ‘’Even though all I want is to be inspired and write all that I need to write, I truly, deeply and completely, love and accept myself.’’ Some people do it differently and specify at the start ‘’writer’s block’’ and then tap away. It’s a mind clearing tool and I’ve noticed it’s helped me with stomach aches and a bunch of other little things, even when I’m simply feeling bad about something. You can even go deeper than that and specify exactly what you want to write about, how you’re thinking you want to write it and repeat some affirmations about that.
I learned Tapping Therapy as a teen when I went to see a specialist. So I like to do it a specific way, the way I learned at the time, but there are a few variations to it and each person has their preference on how to do it. There are tons of books on the subject and if you’re interested in the technique, then it’s worth the investment.
And honestly, that really is it. These are perhaps untraditional techniques to get over Writer’s Block, but it’s what I do and they work for me. So if everything else out there isn’t quite working out for you, try some of these techniques I mention. The worst that can happen is you’ll feel better, and at best, you’ll be an unstoppable writing machine!
Some links on Embodied Cognition:
EFT (Tapping Therapy):