Illustration by Ramiro Roman, Jr. (But I added in the angry face and the letters…)
I was asked to look at creativity — or a lack thereof — from a writer’s perspective. A task which forced me to get creative as most of my preventative measures against “writer’s block” have been set to “autopilot” over the years!
But, after sitting down and really thinking about it (and by using a few of the methods I’m about to share!), I was able to come up with a list of 25 things I do when I need to write something and I’m just not feeling it. So, without further ado…
My Top 25 Ways to Unlock Your Inner-Writer’s Creativity
Note: These tips are “general” tips to defeat writer’s block — whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or whatever! If you’re looking for something specific to journalism or blogging, click here.
1. Get some sleep.
Eating food and taking a shower are also great, but sleep is a “biggie” that I forget more easily than the other two. And it’s SO important. The more you deprive your brain of sleep the more your brain, well, just doesn’t want to function. You don’t just “feel” stupid — you actually become stupid. And when you can barely function on simple day-to-day survival activities, how can you expect to do something creative?
2. No self-editing until it’s done.
Editing is all about finding errors. And, yes, there will always be errors. But if you start focusing on what you’ve done “wrong” before you’ve even finished…chances are you’ll never finish. Save the editing for last.
3. Just write — even if it’s crap.
The hardest part is getting started. Once you’ve started: Don’t stop. Just keep writing. When I was writing The Ballad of Allison and Bandit (my YA novel), I ended up tossing an entire chapter that was just utter horrible unadulterated c~r~a~p. But I was glad that I’d written it. Because just the act of writing it helped give me the momentum I needed to write the good stuff! See more ›