When was the last time you experienced writer’s block? What do you think brought it about — and how did you dig your way out of it?
What I usually do is quite simple. I try to write in any case and I try formats that I don’t usually use, such as: haiku. In this way I learn how to write in different ways. Much of writing I think is a discipline. I have undertaken to write each day to a Daily Prompt. Do look at some famous writer’s strategies below. More on these strategies can be found at Inkwell Scholars:
The Just Write Strategy
“Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, believes that when you are suffering from writer’s block, you should force yourself to write every day.”
The Hibernation Strategy
“Neil Gaiman, the award-winning graphic novelist and children’s author, offers this advice: “Put it [your writing] aside for a few days, or longer, do other things, try not to think about it. Then sit down and read it (printouts are best I find, but that’s just me) as if you’ve never seen it before. Start at the beginning.”
The Outlining Strategy
‘That was famed American author Mark Twain’s strategy too: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”’
The Hoarding Strategy
“Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway explains: “The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck.”
The Get Away from Your Desk Strategy
“Award-winning British author Hilary Mantel says: “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise…”
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I think probably the most dangerous thing is our NEGATIVE SELF SPEAK! I think we all tend to do this. The trick to to watch your thoughts, when you find yourself doing this, catch yourself. Deliberately stop yourself. This kind of negative speak can really cripple you and any hopes of productivity, whether in writing or in other life areas. Remember that what you think you become. It ALL starts with your thoughts. Just write anyway, even if you don’t feel like it, or think you can’t do it, or it just seems overwhelming. Just DO IT! It then comes back to creating a discipline. I think the key too is keeping it simple.
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Check out the guru on Hardwiring Happiness: Rick Hanson. He is lovely – changing the mind and changing the brain: