The Answer To Writer’s Block

Reading & Writing, The Arts

I believe there doesn’t have to be any such thing as writer’s block. It’s all in our heads, but we’re sensitive folk and a depressed attitude is enough to stop the writing process. There are days when creativity is simply at a low ebb. The best thing to do then is start ‘sponging’, This is a process I use, whereby I do three things.

1. Go somewhere I’m unfamiliar with. This can be as simple as walking down a street I’ve not seen before.
2. Read a lot of random true accounts as quickly as possible, particularly tackling some outside my interest zone.
3. Watch a couple of films or TV shows I’ve never heard of or seen before.
4. Phone someone I haven’t spoken to for a while and ask them what they’ve been doing.

The answer to finding a new idea won’t come from a single source but a peculiar composite that occurs once these influences have been absorbed. Here’s Just Jack complaining about his block. (‘Lois Lane’ is rhyming slang.)

3 comments on “The Answer To Writer’s Block”

  1. J F Norris says:

    I was recently (just two months ago, in fact) stuck on how to approach a review of a book I was assigned I loved the book but couldn’t get a handle on how to write about it without resorting to a tired plot analysis. Then I watched Howl with James Franco and BINGO! I was literally inspired when I heard his rendition of a section of that amazing poem. BTW – a must view movie. It’s a mix of docu-drama, animation and re-enactment. Franco’s reading of the poem, though, is truly eye-opening. I completely agree with your observations. Try the new wherever you can find it and let it wash over you without thinking of the troubling writing problem. Soon – and almost miraculously – the problem will solve itself.

  2. Alan Morgan says:

    Planning, preperation, be a craftsman using tools to practise skills that are a trade (as opposed to an artist sitting waiting for the muse, in a big shirt). C’mon, there’s no way you sit down with a blank virtual page for each B&M, stroking your invisible cat, waiting for inspiration. Now of course writing is an art, but the practise is craftsmanship. Roses are nice but kinda need the bush.

    You are a crafstman and that is a fine thing to be. There’s probably even an apron in it somewhere. :0)

  3. Alan Morgan says:

    That should have been ‘craftsman’, sorry.

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