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I Have Complete Writer's Block

 
JoHarrington
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on 05/02/2012

I've been sitting here all day contemplating articles, tatting about with research, not writing a word.

You nearly had another installation of 'Applications of the Death Penalty'; you almost learned about the Australian billionaire building a replica of Titanic; there could have been a review of the book 'Voices of Titanic', or an exploration of the manga 'Black Butler'.

I've refreshed my memory about Hadrian and Antinous; then disappeared off into gay marriage planners.

I've been listening to Syd Barrett's Dark Globe on repeat. You could easily have had a Wizzle about a single song, which no-one but die-hard Barrett fans could probably love. Or more about bards wilting in the limelight and retreating home to hide from the pressure.

You might have even read about the Menai Massacre. I've stood on those shores. I have the photographs to illustrate it.

Here for hours and nothing, just frustration and the feeling that my imagination has been pre-empted.

How do you even get out of a funk like this? 

yours

Jo

xxxxxx


Marie
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on 05/02/2012

Very frustrating, Jo. But perhaps you just need a bit of a break - sometimes our minds are trying to tell us something and we don't want to listen. Relax and do something entirely different and the Writer's Block will subside at some point!


Digby_Adams
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on 05/02/2012

Sounds like you need a brisk walk and to do something completely different for an afternoon. I usually hang out in the garden and pull lots of weeds when I get like that.

JoHarrington
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on 05/02/2012

I've now got completely side-tracked by the people who think that Dark Globe is a love song!

Yeah, time for a break.

 


Mladen
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on 05/02/2012

Take a small brake, Jo, and enjoy the sun! It will come to you! 

Even if that was an other story about Titanic, I would read it. I love your articles and reading them brings so many new interesting information. I am sure Titanic 2 would bring something new and interesting too. ;)

Just stay positive! Have a beer! 

<3 


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chefkeem
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on 05/02/2012

A few ideas - what people ask in Google:

 

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JoHarrington
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on 05/02/2012

I giggled my way through some of them! :)

 


Jimmie
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on 05/02/2012

I agree with Digby. Get outdoors for a walk. Nature and exercise are both very invigorating. It get my best ideas during or after a walk in the park. It seems my muse hides there among the trees and picnic tables.

onetimeuser
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on 05/02/2012

I find that a great way to find inspiration is to take a day out and watch a shed load of documentaries online. 

You will finish that day with all sorts of stuff to write about. Works for me anyway. I can't hyperlink to sites which may contain a certain % of copyrighted material, but documentarywire.com is one of them. 

onetimeuser
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on 05/02/2012

And I agree with Jimmie.... a good long walk can help too. 

I've got dogs, so I walk them twice a day. One of those dogs is on my profile picture of course!

JoHarrington
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on 05/02/2012

Thank you all for the advice. :)  I really should get a dog...

I did have a goldfish. His name was Syd, but he died a couple of weeks ago. He was no good for going on walks anyway. *sigh*


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on 05/02/2012

Don't know if this helps, but the other day when I was feeling like that I just took some time out and ended up watching TV progs I don't normally watch. I had my iPad in front of me to take notes and look stuff up when I needed to, but it wasn't like being sat in front of a computer thinking 'now what?'.

Then without even realizing it I was taking things the characters on TV were talking about and looking up related keywords. For some reason I ended with a whole load of keywords on popcorn! I never would have thought about writing on that, or indeed that there could be that much to know about popcorn but there you are.

Do something different and don't be so hard on yourself - you can't be brilliant all the time!

Wendy

Xxx

Jerrico_Usher
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on 05/02/2012

@JoHarrington You've inspired me to write a wizzle on writers block and how to break the spell :) I often had to come up with ways to do this in my early days of writing and especially to give my writers ideas (when I outsourced I often would help them with a few angles)

@Keem Great list, humorous too!

@Ryank - Great idea, documentaries help a great deal, just watched "Aftermath Population zero", "Thrive", a bunch of E! THS... they even have a documentary channel out here...

@Jimmie, the walk does help a great deal, it clears the mind by removing you from your "Native" environment where associations run ramped in your mind (bogging you down by your other work and all the time you spent staring into the room... the best walk for creativity is to boldly go where you haven't gone before (at least not recently)... go down childhood lane and sit on a swing to rekindle that child like exubernce, you'd be surprised how much of your childhood memories are associated with the creative centers of your brain!

Another idea is to get into a stimulating conversation with someone you can rap pretty well with- that jars loose all sorts of associative memories that will blend with the creative centers and get the juices rolling. I tend to keep a pad of paper next to my bed at night and often while I'm in that zone before sleep my mind won't shut up- I write down ideas I get so I have a backup list of creative ideas. The mind slips into theta just before you pass out and that is the state creativity lives in (why you can't shut the brain off before sleep usually).

Jerrico


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JoHarrington
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on 05/02/2012

Wendy - Looking forward to reading the popcorn articles.  And thank you for the implied compliment!

Jerrico - At least my writer's block is inspiring someone.  I'll go and read your article now.  *returns from your profile*  Actually I'll wait until you've posted it to read it!  LOL


Jerrico_Usher
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on 05/02/2012

HAHA...  nice!

Sorry it won't be up for a few days :( My boss wants me to make some tutorial videos and that's super time consuming but I'll try to get it up tomorrow sometime or write it later tonight, I have some great ideas I think you'll find useful :) I may even make a video outlining some of the cool tricks I use to spark my imagination (I'm dying to make some video's for wizzley)....

But right quick here's some things to try:

1. Go to Images.Google.com, type in a keyword of something your interested in and comb through the images that pop up until something sparks. I find this works incredibly well. I would also, if you see an image that makes you think, click on it and visit the page it's on, sometimes just reading other peoples work on a topic helps...

2. Go to Youtube and start searching for videos using keywords or just randomly go to a video, then start combing through the youtuber's other vids and use networking to move about the site (watch one video, then click another then another which will land you on several pages).

3. One thing I find useful when I'm blocked is to open word and just start rambling. Write about ANYTHING, it doesn't matter what, what this does is start activating associative chains in your memory and as you write you will find yourself jumping from topic to topic (this is encouraged, it's not an article your writing but rather free association of ideas)... you will find that this wakes the writer in you up but simultaneously will start fleshing out what kinds of things you would enjoy writing on.

4. Use free associative keyword writing. Open a text file and start with a keyword. Using ideas from the game "telephone" (that's that ancient device that used to be tethered to a wall by a long cord and a spiral cord, people used to use them to call one another haha)... write a word, then write 10 words that come to mind when you say it aloud. From that list of words (10 or whatever comes to mind quickly, don't take too much time trying to make up/bring up words)... pick one from THAT list, then repeat the process. By the time you reach the 10th word with 10 word associations to it you'll have reached into your skull deep enough to find what you really want to write about- use that to repeat ideas in 1 and 2 above...

When it comes to creative writing and writers block what generally blocks you is motivation and interest. If you don't have a topic your interested in, writing about it is boring and tedious, hence the block. If you don't have a topic your interested in it also blocks motivation to want to write about it.

hope this helps ya in the meantime.


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humagaia
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on 05/03/2012

Jo - what's wrong with doing associated things, and not actually writing?

I find research stimulating in itself.

I find Keyword Research interesting.

I find bringing things together, and organising them for later, to be refreshing.

I like finding new places to hang-out online.

I enjoy doing all the things that are not writing, but stimulate me to write.

And when the time comes, and your writing juices are flowing, the outflow is generally good, and from the heart.

Writing should not be a chore. Forcing yourself to do something when it is not the right time makes it a chore. Do that and you will become disenchanted.

It is not a race. It is not necessary to create hundreds of articles in the shortest possible time. It is about thinking, and dreaming, and concocting. A writer is an alchemist of language - bringing bits of old dull metal together to make a sparkling golden elixir of words. Words that live on for eternity. But alchemists must consider their ingredients carefully. When writers block arrives just start lining up the ingredients ready for the time when the chemical reaction has the correct entropic conditions to have the maximum chance of success.

Don't let it get you down: revel in it.


dustytoes
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on 05/03/2012

Jo, you have done so much writing there is nothing left to write... Yell

Just kidding of course.

Have a shower or do some mundane task and just let your mind wander.  You don't have to listen to me - I am not a writer so I really can't relate, but that is when I get my best creative ideas.

You'll be typing away in no time, I'm sure.


katiem2
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on 05/03/2012

I get out into the fresh air and commune with nature 

 

Here's a picture of my swing in my back yard, an example of a great place to breath in some fresh air and be rejuvenated by nature.


katiem2
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on 05/03/2012

Oh and sometimes I clean my house really good, crank up some loud music and make the house spotless.  This has an amazing impact on my creative flow.  

OR working out really hard.

Give yourself what its been missing out on, we have many basic needs that go unmet if we spend to much time writing.  You're not a machine dear and to think of the intensity of the subject matter you've been covering, that in-itself is enough to make you need a long weekend at the beach or other...


lakeerieartists
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on 05/04/2012

Some of this has already been said, but when I find myself either so frustrated that I cannot write or stuck, I move away from my computer, and do something else.  Clean my house, go for a walk, do something creative, getting moving does seem to get the blood pumping again, and the brain unstuck from whatever it is stuck on.  Seems to help me work through problems too, and when I go back an hour later or so, I am coming fresh to the problem.

 


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of an online art gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery and a freelance writer
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