There’s been a buttload of “my muse is broken!” status updates recently and that’s really, really sad. A creator who’s not creating is just… eh. It can lead to unhappy thoughts and chocolate binges and obsessions with late night infomercials. So how does one combat the dreaded writer’s block that oh so rudely gets in the way of words on that page?
BACKGROUND NOISES MAKE ME WRITERLY
There are days I can hammer out thousands of words with blissful ease while on other, less cheer-worthy days, I can barely get CHAPTER written. Hey, it happens. The best way I’ve found to beat back that ugly lack-if-ideaness is to surround myself with things that remind me of what I’m writing. Some people use music and that’s a lovely idea… unless you’re a singer who can’t not break out in song every time you hear Let it Go. For me, music is in no way a helpful thing cause once I hear (or even think) about a song, suddenly I…
Sorry. Disney is so dang catchy. Now, where was I? Oh, yes. The mood setting thing.
When someone finds out how utterly anti-useful music is for my writing time, I hear things like try the kind with no words which would totes work… if I didn’t sleep to movie scores. I really don’t want to be drifting off while penning Sora’s tearful reunion with the mysterious boy who saved his life. When it comes to turn off the lights and dream up more scenes, then I’ll throw on one of the many wordless wonders I own.
TV. NOT ALWAYS BAD FOR YOU.
For me, the tele and my books are the key to keeping my brain on task. When I was writing then editing Innocence Lost, there was always one horror or another playing in the background; from Jason Voorhees to Jigsaw, I kept myself horror-centric until the final change was made. Even on those days where writing was elusive, once I put on one of those blood-soaked Blurays, I was off and running. Now that I’ve moved on to The Sea Prince, it’s all The Tudors, The White Queen and fairytales.
Sometimes, you got to trick yourself into getting past that hurdle cause it’ll make you think you’ve run out of ideas. But, really, ideas are endless. That’s doubt creeping in. And immersing yourself in things that remind you of what you do can chase that doubt away. And you won't sad-eat that entire pizza, either.
DON’T GIVE UP!
The most important thing you can do, though, is remind yourself I am a creator and nothing can stop my creating. Look back on what you’ve done and see just how creative you are. You’ll find your story and the words you need to tell it and smash the hell out of that writer’s block with your trusty sledgehammer.
So go, make stuff up. It’s what you do.