Every artist is different and has a different method of working, but one thing we have in common is that we all hit blocks at some point or another.
Jackson Pollock would often talk about his “connection” with the painting like tapping into some unseen force and when the “connection” broke – no matter how far into his piece he was, he had to stop. Douglas Adams had such intense writer’s block he would write scenes of his radio show just outside of the studio door to pass them off to the performers as they were going on.
It happens to all of us, and I hate to say I’m working through one myself.
So here’s what I’ve been doing when trying not to think too hard about my manuscript.
Writing Literally Anything Else
Screenplays? Song lyrics? Poetry? Just about anything to keep the words flowing in some form while I try to decide how to describe Mara kicking booty.
Curating a Million Playlists
When every song has to have the perfect vibe for this exact mood playlist. Sit tight folks, I’m delving deep into a band that existed briefly in the early 2000s.
Editing, Editing, and Editing
This is a habit I’ve picked up in my Fanfiction days, oddly enough. When you can’t think of new words, spruce up the old ones. Wait, what’s a comma splice again?
Speaking of, yeah, I do this. Guilty pleasure. If I have a good idea I can get together in short order and won’t take up too much of my time, I’ll write down about what would happen if some slackers snuck into a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament or accidentally blew up a moon in Star Wars or something. Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to write Elder Scrolls tie-in novels some day.
Playing Video Games, Re-Re-Re-Watching My Favorite Shows, Or Just About Anything Else
Keep this distraction train going express until I figure out a sentence without an adverb in it!
How about you? What do you do to combat or at least work through a writer’s block? Feel free to comment your tips and tricks!
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