I haven’t written, pretty much, all summer. It’s not easy to get things done on the computer when the family is standing around waiting for me. So, I’ve kind of put writing off to the side, knowing it will be there waiting for me when September comes around and everyone goes back to school. The biggest problem, however, is the horrible writer’s block that the lack of writing is causing. I mean, it’s even difficult to write my name down on a piece of paper, that’s how blocked I’ve become from the lack of use.
Writer’s block happens to everyone. Maybe. Depends if you have to eat or pay the bills. That often gets the creative juices flowing – whether you like what you’re writing maybe a different matter. Although constantly having to create ideas can lead to burn out even in the best of us. I get it all the time and it’s painful. It’s like a giant lump in my throat and nothing I do gets it to go away.
But creating fiction is in part inspiration and in part perspiration. If you’re not inspired by what you’re writing, no matter what work ethic you have, giving up and moving on, or just giving up entirely, is seriously tempting. That’s what more than 60% of writers felt like doing in a recent survey of 2000 writers for Stop Procrastinating, the productivity website. But the good news is they beat their writer’s block though a combination of creative motivation techniques and unorthodox routines.
From talking to your cat to having a cold shower or doing the West Wing Walk and Talk, the survey resulted in 25 strategies to help writer’s be more creative and motivated about their writing. And it’s all in the beautifully designed infographic below: