Have the grapes of your imagination been pressed out of figurative juice? Here’s a solution: Stop trying to squeeze those raisins and take a moment to re-hydrate your mind.
(P.S. Sorry for ever comparing any part of your body to raisins.)
1. DON’T PANIC
Writer’s block is like quicksand in that no one ever wants to be in it, but once you’re stuck, panicking will be the opposite of helpful. Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay.
“BUT I GOT DEADLINES TO MEET.”
OKAY, YOU DON’T HAVE TO YELL. Things will move along a lot faster if you…
2. Accept It
You’re not a machine, and even if you were, even those tend to malfunction sometimes. You’re never going to be able to seamlessly pump out content, it doesn’t work that way.
3. Stop beating yourself down
Remember the time two days ago when you wrote a complete and total masterpiece? You’re still that person. Take time to acknowledge that, and…
4. Recognize your talent
What is your favorite thing you’ve ever written? Reread it. Reread it again. Look how awesome it is, damn it. LOOK AT IT.
5. Stop working
This is the police. Put your hands up and step away from the desk.
Whatever puts you in the mental zone, do it, whether you’re like me and need to go grab some cheese fries to get in the zone, or are a far superior human being and prefer to go for a walk or run. Do whatever you need to do to become the writer you want to be.
6. Don’t get frustrated when step 5 doesn’t work
So you went for a half hour walk and didn’t come across even the slightest trace of divine intervention? That’s because ain’t no deity got time for that.
Anyways, that 30 minutes is only 1/48th of your entire day. That is child’s play. Now that your mind has cleared a bit, you can begin to…
7. Make observations and WRITE THEM DOWN
Pay attention to the stuff around you, and take notes about your thoughts, on paper if you’re feelin’ old school classic or on your smart phone, the touch screen to your imagination. No matter how trivial, simple observations can turn into some of your best or most unique content yet. And if you don’t write them down, YOU *claps* WILL *claps* FORGET *claps* THEM *claps*.
8. Don’t make (too many) excuses
Whatever you choose to do to pull yourself out of this creative slump, don’t let it turn into a procrastination tactic. Stop bellyaching and wasting time; grab a stick, dig yourself out of the quicksand, and, instead of making great excuses, make awesome content. Don’t let a temporary hurdle prevent you from achieving permanent greatness.
…but if you’ve still got nothing, maybe you should try these Creative Activities for inspiration!