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What do you do if you have Writers Block? Diary of an Employable Blogaholic

6am. Ahhhhhhhh. I have Writers Block. 6pm. Ahhhhhhhh. I have Writers Block. Every Bleedin Day. 

I have ignored my Diary of an Employable Blogaholic for at least three weeks now because……because it pains me to say; Its a finger licking cliche – I have ‘Writers Block’… For someone who has never tired of writing, and in terms of my ‘writing history’, I have just started Nursery School; I am rather proud to say, I have officially been diagnosed with Writers Block…(by myself that is)

I must abscond to the South of France, for Du Pain, Du Vin, Du Boursin, and recapture my creative flow. Or I could just sit in my Kitchen, on my laptop, drinking cheap coffee, and researching on the internet, what to do if you get Writers Block. After all, Jobseekers allowance and the lack of much remaining redundancy pay, does somewhat limit your international travel these days. So sounding like a Justin Lee Collins DocuCom, I set about on my epic journey of discovery. Okay enough of the BS, off we go….

So Wikipedia tells me that “Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite. The condition was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler.”

Well I couldn’t have that could I? The thought of “Some ‘blocked’ writers unable to work for years on end” sent shivers down my over-curved spine…My whole career (that is the good think about saying you are a writer – as no one can really say you are not) was under threat. So far I had published zero books, so I really did not want to upset up adoring fans. Therefore like any good potential entrepreneur, I had identified the PROBLEM – now I just needed to find MY SOLUTION….

There are a few possibilities to my problem; 

  1. I cannot write anything – because I am not a very good writer…
  2. I cannot write anything – because I have nothing to say…
  3. I cannot write anything because…….s&*^t here comes the ‘writers block’ again…

In an attempt to solve my problem, I went on an epic journey of self discovery……..Unlike these programs you see on TV however, I made a quick judgement to type in “How to Solve Writers Block” on google and got 1.3 million results in 1 second….Not bad….Here are the top 10 suggestions I found listed below that might help you out…

  1. Say what you See – Just write about what you are doing and where you go
  2. Write how you Speak – helps with writing in the tone of the moment and how you talk in reality
  3. Gain Inspiration / Cheat? –  “take a break & read other people’s work to get ideas for plot-lines” was one of the clever suggestions I found…However I think the point they are making is that you can become more creative, when you submerge yourself in creativity…
  4. Officially Cheat… – I cannot really believe this one, but there are custom built plot generator tools out there to help you with your writing….(I think this is low)
  5. Write Freehand – I like this one. “Write what ever comes to mind, using a pen an a piece of paper” Mine made no sense at all, but I appreciated for some, this might get the creative juices flowing…
  6. Watch Cartoons – Apparently this can work as it allows your subconscious creativity to get to work (dude)
  7. Do something about it –  thanks for that…
  8. Brainstorm Subjects and Ideas – might work – sometimes in Business, brainstorming helps you to think of new and creative ways to solve or improve a function, so I can see that this might work with writing too.
  9. Exercise – As exercise is considered a good remedy for improving your mindset and your thinking, it stands to reason that it might help with getting past Writers Block…
  10. Get in Character – Treat your writing as if you are a character in a book or a film…I suppose we all do that to a degree with our every day lives anyhow, so again might solve the problem….

Next time, I am back writing as the Employable Blogaholic I will let you know if any of these remedies have worked.

Hail The Employable! Click Here to read all the Diary Entries and good luck….


Discussion

5 Responses to “What do you do if you have Writers Block? Diary of an Employable Blogaholic”

  1. Hey Alistair, great blog! You will strike a chord with writers everywhere. What works for me is conversations. More often than not, I will have a discussion with someone and a blog falls out. It’s like acorns and oak trees. I write down in a notebook an insight and then develop the theme. Sometimes I’ll leave it for a while and build on it with related issues until something more substantial emerges. Well, that’s my particular style – observe and listen, grow and build, cross-fertilise, plant in the pot! And by having this conversation with you, I’ve made a word association with Gardeners’ Question Time and got an idea – Writer’s Question Time! Except I need to do other things now…

    atb
    David

    Posted by David Shindler (@David_Shindler) | January 23, 2012, 10:39 am
  2. Seriously watch a cartoon? lol

    I really needed to hear something like this, this morning. I usually write topics and bullet points of something I want to write about and then flesh it out, in a little notebook. So having a little story note book, with pen, ready to write down any ideas that comes to mind,is really helpful. Writer’s block is like the flu. It comes and go on a regular basis. Wow, I was going to say something else but maybe I just experienced a tiny writers block. :-)

    Posted by Mathy 'Whathejobisthis' Lisika-Minsende | January 23, 2012, 12:11 pm
    • Hey there Mathy

      Cheers for the comments – it is tough sometimes – I like the write as you think option although I am going to give the ‘cartoons’option a go and see what comes out the other end (so to speak)

      Chat soon

      Alastair

      Posted by theemployable | January 23, 2012, 2:12 pm
  3. Excellent! Let me know how the cartoon watching works out for you.

    Posted by Lara Crisp (@LittleMagicBean) | April 10, 2012, 7:08 pm

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