Here’s how I’ve been dealing with my writer’s block of late:
- Doing nothing. I sit down to write, with the best intentions of actually doing so, but I just end up surfing around the Internet looking at relatively useless Wikipedia pages (no one’s traveling through time anytime soon).
- Reading. I once heard that when writer’s block hits, one should become a voracious reader to rouse creativity. Indeed, a lot of ideas I get for this blog are found by reading other blogs, but nothing has prompted anything more than a comment here and there.
- Tweeting. I’m on Twitter almost every day just out of a sheer need to stay connected. If anyone’s still calling that “microblogging,” then maybe that counts. Point is, I’m maintaining a Web presence.
- Brushing my teeth with my left hand. I’ve heard brushing with your non-dominant hand spurs brain activity. It also keeps you from going too hard on your gums.
(More tips appreciated.)
I think what writer’s block really comes down to is an inordinate amount of stress over the failure to come up with something original. That, combined with the rapid-fire, constant-updates nature of the Internet, compounds writer’s block into more of a problem than it used to be. My deadline is now and I haven’t come up with something in three days? FAIL.