It happens to the best of us at one point or another. The inevitable curse of the writer, author’s bane, hitting the wall, writer’s block. Perhaps my over active mind is to blame for the fact that I seem to suffer this more than most, but whatever the reason, it is frustrating to no end. In fact, I am typing this post about writer’s block while suffering writer’s block on an article I would like to finish sometime tonight. (That’s totally not going to happen by the way.) I figured I could use a break from figuratively bashing my head into the proverbial pole over and over again.
See, for me, constantly trying to force myself to focus on something when I don’t yet know where to go with it only makes me want to pull my hair out more than the initial block did. My mind only wanders even more, and I’ll be stuck staring at the screen vacantly and unamused, probably with drool running down my face at the end of it, for hours. Then I get irritated that I wasted so much time not getting anything done.
What I have to do is completely walk away from a project, play a game, listen to music, go for a long bath, or something that lets me completely focus on anything but that project. Then when I am refreshed and my mind has calmed down, I can go back and think about what I want to write and how I want to do so.
How about you? What do you do to combat writer’s block?