raise your hand if you’ve heard of writer’s block.
i know you’ve probably raised not only one hand, but the other, and possibly both feet if you could manage it.
the seeming inability to write while in front of the tools used to do so is something we’ve all faced at one time or another, and i would be lying to you if i said i suffer from it less than you. i’ve wondered quite a few times these past few
weeks minutes how on earth i’m going to write something about writing for 31 days straight.
and sometimes, the answer to overcoming writer’s block when you need to write, is quite simply not to write.
sometimes, we need rest. we need a break from sitting for hours trying to think of something intelligent, witty, or poignant to say. so get up, vacuum the floor, empty the dishwasher, move the laundry, grab a snack. sit down in front of your television and watch an episode of ncis.
go back to the computer a couple hours later when you’re feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the world of writing again. it’ll come, then, naturally, without you having to fight as much. and you’ll have to rework and rearrange and reevaluate, but if the ideas don’t flow, nothing else will.
remember, nothing real can be forced. there’s a fair amount of wrestling involved in writing, but you shouldn’t be wrestling your brain to stop just short of making something up simply for the sake of having something on the page. when you force it, it won’t be authentic, and that’s not what we’re looking for. i daresay, that’s not what you’re looking for.
so when it comes to deciding between a break or forcing the writing out of you, please, friend, take the rest.