Writers Block

2 Nov

I had a momentary panic a few weeks ago over what my next piece of work would be about. If you remember it was a telephone conversation that gave me that push of inspiration. I have now written essentially the first chapter for this piece, and am very happy with this progress.

But what should you do if you have nothing? Personally, the first thing I would say is don’t panic. As soon as it starts to be something you worry about, writers block kicks in and you’ve had it.

You should have a notebook that you carry around, or maybe one next to the bed. In this you should be writing each idea that ever pops into your head, or maybe a particular site that grabs your attention. Even an over heard comment can be recorded, its value unknown until needed.

When writers block occurs, turn to this notepad. See if anything jumps out at you. If it doesn’t, no worries. Read through it, absorb it, then walk away and do something else. I always find blow drying my hair helps to regroup thoughts, though many writers I know go out for a drive.

Still nothing? OK, well try writing your memoirs. To no one in particular, and not for publishing (unless you want to of course). It just gets your brain into the gear required for writing.

If you still find you have the dreaded block, I have one more solution. Go find something that you will have to be committed to, that will take up your all of your time. Before you know it, you will be bombarded with ideas. The only problem with this is you won’t have the time to develop them.

What do you do? What advice would you give others?

One Response to “Writers Block”


  1. Writers Block 3 – starting from scratch « Reading, writing and the bits inbetween - November 15, 2010

    […] my last two posts about writers block, it was assumed that there was`already background work on which to play with. Abandoned work, ideas […]

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