You know the feeling: you’ve been staring at your screen for hours, trying to write something (anything) and you re-read your last sentence and it sounds something like this:
“Um, well, uhhhhhh….pregnancy is, well, really cool, but also, really, uhhhhh… stressful.”
How do you get over the brick wall of writer’s block? How do you write when your mind is mushy from too many hours in front of the computer, two whiny kids and too many Backyardigan’s reruns?
Here are my best tips:
1. Stop writing. I know it’s counterintuitive to stop writing when you’re trying to get words on paper, but there are times that your brain is just too overloaded to write. On those days, I do something else like bake a huge chocolate cake or build a Lego tower with my kids or watch mindless TV and realize that it’s not productive to spend hours writing when the sentences will only end up being tossed later.
2. Call a friend. My sister is hilarious and fun and always has a good story–so when I was writing my book and needed inspiration, I’d call her. We’d just chat– about anything– and I’d always walk away with a bunch of new ideas. Little did she know I was mining our conversation for writing prompts.
3. Write something else. When I really got stuck on a certain section or chapter, I’d just skip to a new one. So, on the day that I just couldn’t stand to write another word about baby gear, I jumped to labor and delivery– a subject that I had plenty of ammo for– and then tackled baby gear later.
4. Read another book. I know, I know, copying from another book is illegal…but reading another author’s FANTASTIC work just to get your mind in the place to go back to your fantastic work is totally lawful– and helpful. Read something funny, something light, and something totally unrelated to the topic you’re writing about.
Question for you: What are your best writer’s block tips?