How to Deal with Writer’s Block.

Via on Jun 13, 2012
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“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

~ Charles Bukowski

I used to deal with writer’s block by watching a favorite movie or two. Sometimes going dancing (or staying in and dancing) would do the trick too. Stream of consciousness writing just to get it out can help jump start things if you find yourself editing before you even get started. And other times, you just need to walk away from it for a little while.

Recently, I reached an impasse with my fiction writing. Totally jinxed myself. I was on this major roll and completely absorbed in it. Then, I started talking about it, and stopped writing. My characters weren’t cooperating anymore. They didn’t want to talk to each other. Couldn’t figure out where they were headed next.

Complete stall-out in the middle of my fictional highway.

I think the biggest issue wasn’t that I started talking about it, that can actually be a good thing…it keeps you excited. The problem was that I was out of fuel.

So I did the following:

1. Got out of town.

2. Went to see one of my best friends and favorite writers (who also happens to be my brother).

3. Hung out with a wonderful bunch of raggle taggle gypsies who I love and laughed and played and made mischief of one kind and another. I didn’t think about my stalled typewriter that was stuck at home on my fictional highway, not even for a minute.

4. Spent a million hours at the airport (or maybe just eight) when my flight was delayed and read three books.

5. Came home and slept (not enough) and dreamed (not enough) and woke up fueled and ready to go.

Writer’s block comes to all of us who write at one time or another for one reason or another—and you don’t have to resort to flying to Nashville to get rid of it. If you want to stay home and deal with your writer’s block, a few great tips:

 

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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9 Responses to “How to Deal with Writer’s Block.”

  1. cathy says:

    8. Read
    9. Go outside and play
    10. Wild dance

  2. Robert Piper Robert_Piper says:

    Great post!

    Meditation is always great, in the monastery's the artist would take a calligraphy brush and draw in a circle to unblock the mind. In Taoism, they use to make people recite these two words "No occupy, no block". Because anytime we have a thought, belief, or emotion it always blocks our mind.

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  4. Kathleen says:

    I started to maintain another hobby (making jewelery and designing and making my own clothes> see 'website') in order to relax and listen whatever comes to my mind, always does it for me… Unfortunately when I have a writer's block and decide to go to sleep, perfect sentences pop into my mind and keep a notebook next to my bed. I have a very busy mind, exhausting sometimes… :)
    But one time I started reading when I was stuck and read in Bob Dylan's biography. He had the same thing (a writer's block) and went to a blues café were he saw a performance. He listened to a song about traveling and realized that the root of a writer's block is a 'block' in the rhythm of life. He came to know when you stop traveling in your life, the flow of writing also stopped. Since then I meditate a lot and try to find out what is it that stops me from living and eventually writing which unblocked many blockages in my mind to be free to write (and live), since I write a lot of autobiographical texts.
    I also listen to a lot to classical cello music… but I like your videos you've mentioned also ;)

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