Tested Tricks on Tackling Writer’s Block

Whether writer’s block is real or not – totally depends on what you believe. Here was the article that debated what a writer thinks about writer’s block and it gained much popularity amongst readers back in December last year.

I believe,

that there are such stretches of time when you strive to scribe. Motivation plays a paltry role. It feels as though the pool of imagination inside you has dried out and you are merely scraping the bottom to no fruition. That may or may not be writer’s block or call it by any name you fancy, the fact remains that when the storm comes, we need not give in or seek escape. Tonight, thus, we talk of possible effective ways of tackling writer’s block.

In my journey so far, I have always learnt new things and have gladly shared them with the writing fraternity through my blogs. But as a writer, where do I get my motivation? How do I look deeper into my perspectives? I realised, even I need to learn to be able to up my game. So this time over, I wanted to be on the student-side of the story; not so much as saying but listening.

For my plan to work out, I approached a few proficient bloggers who’ve been in the game for an impressive period of time; whom I follow religiously. They were kind enough to share few words from their pool of experience on how to tackle writer’s block so that I could bring to you, tricks not just from one mind, but multiple minds.

Here’s what they had to say. (In case their words intrigue you and you wish to know them better, you just have to click on the blog link next to their names.)

Joseph, who writes mesmerising poems at ‘Seeing the Whisper‘ believes,

Writer’s block to me doesn’t exist. Your cup is empty more or less and it is up to you to fill it. For me I have gardening which I am kindred with and I find my cup fills quickly with gardening not to mention other menial tasks such as washing dishes, weeding, ironing or any other tasks we find boring.

The other piece for a writer to keep in mind is to write for yourself and forget about what others say. These are your thoughts, your expressions, and who is worthy to judge. Only you.

What Anne, the aspiring herbalist, from ‘My Herbal Adventures‘ has to say,

My main ways to keep myself from writer’s block are journaling, photographing, jotting down ideas on a virtual notepad, or beginning drafts in my blog; adding to them little by little until concluded. Reading (books, articles, research material, other blogs) is essential to keeping my head full of new content & ideas for later.

Manuel who writes at ‘Emotions of Life 2016‘ has something interesting to share,

I had to face the devil once or twice in my short writing career, but instead of stopping and thinking about my inability to write, I write about that inability and then the emotions start to flow. So as Bukowski said “writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

Kaushal, the avid reader and reviewer at ‘Errors and Kaushal‘ condensed his thoughts with this – Draft the Draft First. He goes on to explain,

As a full-time working professional, it is difficult to figure out some peace where one can sit down and write to perfection. I face this problem almost every time and to overcome the same I have figured out what works for me, Drafts.

Yes, I write a blog draft covering the important points with a minimum of 4-5 lines for each point. Doing this, takes considerably very less time and assures me of completing it when I want to.

Yasmin, the terrific poet at ‘Yaskhan‘ speaks her mind,

I overcome the malaise of not getting the words out by reading poetry of the great masters, for example, I read Basho and other Japanese haiku poets. Also, Allen Ginsberg, Marie Corelli, etc.

Music helps sometimes and walking rejuvenates too. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I wake up and lines are popping up in my mind. I grab my phone and put it down on notes. Last of all, my constant companions are my notebook and pen. Can’t do without them.

Proud Pradita of ‘The Pradita Chronicles‘ brilliantly sums it up,

I have an ‘Ideas book’ where I keep writing down what I feel could make a good story, or could make a good dialogue/scenario in my book. Prompts help a lot too. Music has often prompted me to write.

Bottomline is, when you are in the grip of Writers Block, you have to ask yourself – can I take a day or two off from writing and then get back to it with the same fervour? If the answer is yes, take some time off writing. But if the answer is no, then get down to write and write that Writer’s Block off.

Shaz, the fervent blogger from ‘For the Love of Sass‘ writes,

My biggest idea for combating writer’s block is: Think about something you yourself may be interested in reading. Do you need inspiration, do you want to read something funny? Write that!

Finally, what the writer at The Musing Quill had to add,

Go back in time. Revisit your older posts, perhaps, the ones where you began. The train of thoughts that follow will beat any damn block. Nothing has helped me more; well, except, a glass of good wine.

Put together here, are pearls of ideas tried and tested by ingenious minds who never gave up when a bad day gatecrashed. Take them or leave them, but never forget them.

That’s all folks!

Find the ideas helpful? Tell us. Do also share your own stories on tackling writer’s blocks. I’d love to hear them out.

Happy writing, till we meet next.

Until then, carpe diem! 🙂

~~~~~

Asha Seth

54 thoughts on “Tested Tricks on Tackling Writer’s Block

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  1. Sorry I missed this my friend! Some great advice here, this will be bookmarked for the inevitable failure of the mind in the not to distant future, no doubt.

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  2. I love how you included perspectives from other writers and bloggers. (To be honest, I kind of fan-girled when I saw Yasmin from Yaskhan.) The tips I’m inclined to put into better practice is taking my notebook and pen with me wherever i go and starting drafts and adding to them little by little.

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    1. Well, I agree with your point, Arv. I have always found that I do not have sufficient time when I have longer articles to write, or say when I am writing stories. It is like the motivation is right there, but lack of time, impacts the creative ooze.

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  3. Those are nice perspectives.

    I can tell you my experience – if you write on varied topics, you will (should) never have writer’s block. The more you write, the more you rack-up your brain, and it opens up to new possibilities!

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    1. You made a fantastic point, Alok. I much explore this but at times, even that doesn’t help much. I then shut down the writing life and plunge into other hobbies like biking or cooking.

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  4. Loved this, especially the advice about refilling your cup by doing something menial! I find when I’m stuck for ideas they always come to me when I least expect it and when I’m keeping busy rather than obsessing over it. Thanks for the post!

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  5. Hey Asha, A wonderful survey and beautifully written post! Creativity triggers intrigue me … this is a huge resource you put together.
    For me, what works is interacting with nature, people, and doing hand-work. Any hobby like gardening, painting, wood work/burning, and so on. I never judge my work!

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  6. Honestly, I don’t know but sometimes we write to please others and holds true for a novel. I believe we shouldn’t be worried about others but write for ourselves. Yesterday was watching The Writers roundtable on NDTV with Anupama Chopra with writers like Himanshu Sharma, Varun Grover and Juhi Chaturvedi who said one thing write for the self. You must watch the episode and they share funny and bizarre anecdotes with producers. I agree with what someone said above, pleasure yourself and nobody else.

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  7. Great Post! I am sorry for not replying to your email as I had been travelling these last few days due to work. Journaling helps me overcome writer’s block. Don’t stop writing but write whatever comes to your mind- your thoughts, product/book reviews, some memory etc. Soon you will get back to track.

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    1. Happy to hear your thoughts and never mind about the submission. It was indeed on a very short notice, that I intimated you. So no worries, friend. To keep writing even if it doesn’t make much sense then, is the key.

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  8. If I reach an impasse with the story I am working on, I tend to start something else then return to it later with fresh eyes, that usually resolves the problem. Thank you for an interesting article.

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  9. Some helpful tips here. Interesting to see different perspective s on writer’s block. I’ll keep them in mind when I struggle to put thought to word 😁

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