Feeling blocked creatively can be the most frustrating part of the journey. I’ve been there, continue to be there, and I’m sure will be back there sooner rather than later. So, what can be done about it? Is there a magic cure to writing blocks?
I don’t think so. I think feeling blocked is part of the process and simply has to be taken in stride. But… that’s not to say that as creative souls we have to just sit back and do nothing until the feeling passes. Actually, most artists will tell you the exact opposite. It is, in fact, in continuing to show up and work that you can continue to find creative inspiration.
Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working. - Henri Matisse
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work. - Stephen King
So, if this is the secret how do you keep showing up when writing feels like pulling teeth? Here are a few suggestions that might help break the cycle and reconnect you with your work.
1. Change your environment - Try writing in a new spot in your house or go out somewhere to write. Or, just change something in your writing space. Add a plant or a framed quote to your desk, declutter your space, put up a picture, anything to change the scenery around you.
2. Write in a different format - If you are working on a chapter of your novel, try writing part of it as a letter, or a poem, or a recipe.
I don't wait for inspiration, I get up and write every day. - Cathy Marie Buchanan
Hi, I'm Lia! I'm an author and the creator of Cozy Writer's Room. I believe in the power of storytelling and love helping others tell their stories using simple productivity tools like printables!