Rid Yourself of Writer’s Block Once and For ALL
There’s No Room for Writer’s Block
I’m a huge fan of Kelton Reid, the bedroom-voiced host of the Writer Files Podcast. His guests are “la crème de la crème” of the writing community: big names, Pulitzer Prize winners, and bestselling authors. I’ve listened intently to almost every episode, and I learn something new almost every time. In each episode, he asks his guest the question: Do you believe in writer’s block? The majority of the time they say no.
Why, if the most successful writers don’t believe it exists is it still a thing?
Well, I believe it’s because those that have it haven’t figured out how to engineer their mindset, so they no longer do.
Here are a few things you can do to stop (or avoid) writer’s block (dare I say for good):
Install a new belief. If, up to now, you’ve believed it exists, develop a new belief it doesn’t! In its place, insert this: Every time I sit down to write, the words flow effortlessly from my fingertips. Say your new belief out loud, over and over, day in and day out, until it becomes true for you. (If you stick with it, it will!)
Create a writing rule, such as, I sit down to write, start writing, and do nothing but write until my timer goes off. No “just three minutes on Facebook” or checking for text messages, or making a snack (all snacks should be made prior to writing time anyway… :)) When it is time to write, you write. Period.
Curate an awesome playlist! I have a playlist that triggers me to write. Some writers prefer music with no lyrics; I use a combination of classical music and catchy pop tunes to jump-start my writing. You’ll want a playlist of songs that immediately trigger your best writing state the moment you turn it on.
Start doing dishes or some other abominable chore. There’s nothing like performing a chore you dislike to inspire you to sit down and write! You’ll be happy to take off your dishwashing gloves and start writing.
Do something else creative. If your writing juices aren’t flowing, perhaps they need encouragement. Paint, sculpt, draw, or color–activities that allow your mind to grow quiet will also allow it to reboot and begin to let the words flow.
Do Morning Pages. I started using the Morning Pages (in Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way) when the book was first released about twenty-five years ago. Writing stream of consciousness cleans out the gunk and primes one’s writing pump. If writing what you “must” write isn’t coming easily, perhaps this can help. Many people swear by their morning page ritual.
Try The Nifty 15: From my book of the same title with Brian D. Meeks, committing to write just fifteen minutes a day can give you the confidence you need to write more!
If nothing else works, you can rely on the coolest, most lethal weapon to cure writer’s block I’ve ever come across: the Glass-of-Water Technique. Before bed, fill up a glass of water. Hold it up and speak an intention into the water. Example: My intent is to tap into my creative source and write brilliantly tomorrow. I choose to be in the flow of my best writing. I am resolving my writing’s issues as I sleep and dream.
Then, drink half the water and set the half-full glass on your nightstand. Go to sleep. When you wake up the next morning, immediately drink the rest of the water. Head straight to your computer and write for at least an hour with no distractions. Do it for three nights in a row, as it might take a few nights for the command to sink into your subconscious mind, where it will work on your behalf. This may seem a bit “out there,” but give it a try. I’ve suggested it to several of my business book author clients and it works every time!
There are multiple ways to avoid or eliminate writer’s block. Keep working on it until you’re able to write fearlessly and effortlessly whenever you’d like!
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