My theme for the April A to Z Challenge is Productivity for Creative People.
Breaking a Creative Block
- Think of the problem as a snarl that can be untangled, instead of a block, suggests Hillary Rettig, author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block. “…Identify the strands so you can start coping (and ultimately eliminating) them,” she says. Sometimes a block is really lack of research, for example.
- Try doing something mundane--many people have experienced a great idea in the shower. So wash up, pull weeds, or go for a walk.
- Go with the creative flow, according to LifeHack’s 20 Ways to Kill Your Writer’s Block Forever: “If you have a terrific itch to write one particular idea, then write that one right now.” I find this helps when I'm stuck on a scene. Sometimes it’s a scene that isn’t necessary or isn’t exciting enough to be included as is. If I skip ahead to the next section that I really want to write, the work goes much better.
- Just do it! Jeff Goins offers this advice in Get Rid of Writer’s Block Once and for All: “WRITE SOMETHING. Anything at all. All bets are off. No rules or limitations. Just go for it.” It’s the act of beginning that is often the hardest part.