What do you do when you are faced with writers block?
blink....blink....blink... goes the cursor. As you sit there staring at the blank screen watching the cursor blink, you might start to have conversations with your cursor, telling it to stop blinking at you.
So what can you do when no matter what is going on around you there is just nothing coming out in story form?
One of the things I have learned over the years is to just get up and walk away. Sometimes you spend too much time staring at the same piece and you just need to take a break from it. It is always good to let your mind rest and reset itself.
Often, your writer's block can be associated with boredom. We get bored we start thinking about other things and those things are blocking our "view" of what's going on right in front of us. Writing is channeling your creativity after all.
If you are staring at a blank screen, talk a walk. Grab a pen, bring a notebook, and just walk. Take notes about what you see. Jot down all the ideas that start to formulate in your mind. Many times all it takes is a simple thought to get the creative juices flowing.
Carry a notebook or handheld device with you at all times. Every time an idea crosses your mind, write it down. Stockpile these for when you need them. When writer's block hits pull these out to get your mind unblocked.
Websites such as Writing World and Writing Hood offer many tips and ideas for writers. When I start to get discouraged and need a little pick-me up, I head on over to one of these websites for some insight. Writing World has a writer's block section and the articles have been detrimental in solving writer's block. Writinghood offers many tips and articles on how to be a better writer.
If none of these methods help you out, try looking at art. I find that going to websites like Deviantart or Pinterest where artists can upload their creations, will quickly get out of a funk. For the last couple of years I have been using Pinterest as a huge source of inspiration. You can make board for scene settings, people settings, story lines, and other random things that you think would help establish some starting points for your writing.
Don't let writer's block get you down. It is a common occurrence and it is unavoidable. Make the most of a block. Enjoying a nice dose of sunshine it usually just what I need to get the words flowing.