I hate writer’s block. I’m currently suffering from a mild case of it myself. Since I cover mainly day to day news, the block isn’t as much as what to report on but ways to report on it creatively and in a manner that most people will find enjoyable.
And it has to be most people, and not just my nitch of SciFi/Fantasy/KevinSmith fanboys.
According to the source of all things in the universe, Wikipedia, writer’s block is defined as: “Writer’s block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to begin or continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. Writer’s block can be closely related to depression and anxiety, two mood disorders that reflect environmentally caused or spontaneous changes in the brain’s frontal lobe. This is in contrast to hypergraphia, more closely linked to mania, in which the changes occur primarily in the temporal lobe.”
I find that quite interesting, especially since right now I’m deep into my psychology studies (and god only knows if I’m actually going to go into that field after I graduate, it sounds more and more like I’ll be writing or producing entertainment for a career). But I digress. The fact that my writers block could be attributed to depression or anxiety gives me pause. I’m not really depressed about anything (quite the opposite actually, yay promotion). And I don’t have any higher-than-normal level of anxiety, at least I think.
So putting that aside the psychological issues for a moment, there’s a few tips I found at 43founderes.com. Google is win after all. Some of the best:
- Listen to new music
- Write the middle
- Take a walk
- Take a shower; change clothes
- Talk to a monkey
Instead of talking to a monkey – which is just a funny way to saying talk about what you’re writing to an inanimate object, I think I’ll talk to my cat Max. Yes, that’ll work. NOTHING is wrong me. Nope, no need for psychological evaluations here.
“So Max… what do you think about gamer addiction and the economy?”