How to Overcome Writer’s Block
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 23:12
The past few weeks have been the worst case of writer’s block in my world. In having such an issue, and I discussed with friends what I should write about. The pitiful desperation that bloomed from the dry and hateful form of not being able to write anything or come up with topics made me think of how one can try to eliminate every writer’s enemy. If you’re reading this in hopes of finding some revelation of writing papers for class, this may not be the article to read. But you never know what you dig up, so read it anyways. If you think a topic to write about is stupid, it probably is. But as stupid as it may sound, write it down anyway and think of how you want to make it sound serious or what the point of it would be. If there’s no point, write it anyway! You never know how effective it could be or how hilariously redundant it is because it may brighten someone’s day who is being far too serious for their own good. I know it may be difficult to think of anything, but in all reality, anything can be written about because you have an opinion and a brain. If you don’t have either, you may have some problems if you didn’t already know that. Anyway, back to the point. The most obvious things are usually laid out right in front of you. What is right in front of me, past my computer screen, is a glass coffee table full of cups, two-hour-old coffee and a burnt-out blue candle, an assortment of notebooks, a guitar tuner and a Tupperware full of jellybeans. Take one of those items and write something.
How candles are made, or how many jellybeans does it take to make a smiley face and how it makes you feel. Those trains of thoughts could grow into something you never knew you had harboring in that brain of yours. Getting out of a confined area can also help break your most treacherous enemy: the block of writing. Getting some fresh air also can be very helpful to get in tune with your surroundings. Being sensitive to your surroundings could help trigger an old
thought or feeling you never thought would matter, until now. Did you see the correlation I made with nature and the tuner on the glass coffee table? If could insert a wink face, I totally would. Talk to your peers or anyone for that matter and get ideas of what is on society’s minds. It doesn’t have to be an intricate topic but by writing an article on what the majority is talking about, you will also be relating to your readers and can give a different insight to the topic at hand. My favorite writer’s block eliminator would have to be laying on the floor staring at the ceiling; letting my blank mind draw some messed-up picture; then going for a walk in wonderment of the world we live in; make a cup of coffee or tea and get an idea of what I want to express; grab an empty notebook; and write for 5-10 nonstop minutes. Sometimes the writings are pointless or expressionless, but regardless it gets written
and for all I know it may or may not help someone out. Suzy is a junior majoring in music.