As a writer it always seems that it is feast or famine - we may have days where we seem to have an endless supply of ideas and inspiration for articles, then suddenly it all dries up. How do we get our creativity back? Here are a couple of articles that may help you when you experience writer's block.
By Donovan Baldwin
Most people want to attack a problem head on. For the artist or writer, however, that approach often just creates another problem. Do the words, "writer's block" mean anything to you? Hmmm? It seems that the harder we try to attack the creativity problem the harder and thicker the wall becomes between the conscious mind and the ideas that may be lurking just on the other side.
Back in school, we were given study tips that often included this one; study at the same time and in the same place. That sounds a little like "showing up for work". Freelance writers in particular often fall prey to not having a place to go to and a time to be there. Of course, if the flash of brilliance comes at two in the morning, at breakfast, or while you are having sex, that's when you should write it down. Okay, delay that last one a little bit.
In this crazy business of writing, or painting, or sculpting, ideas are all around. The secret is catching and keeping them. The chance comment of a friend, a sound bite on a TV news show, an obituary, the neighbor's new car, the local high school football team, your spouse's opinion on the TV sound bite, a paragraph in a chapter in a second hand book you bought for $2.99. That glimmer of an idea that later becomes a book, a poem, an article, or a short story can be found in any of these.
Your subconscious is a brown-noser. It just can't wait to show you what it's done for you while you were sleeping or busy with another problem. As you lay in bed at night waiting to fall asleep, tell it forcefully and directly to come up with some ideas while you're asleep. This is not 100% perfect, but it will produce fruit from time to time. Unfortunately, the ideas often appear in the middle of the night (see tip #3) although you will often awaken with a great idea.
Well, I was reading some notes I had made about a year ago, and....
Donovan Baldwin is a Central Texas writer. He is a University of West Florida alumnus (BA Accounting 73), a member of Mensa, and is retired from the U. S. Army after 21 years of service. His interests include nature, animals, global warming, health, fitness, and weight loss. He has posted several articles on fitness and weight loss at http://nodiet4me.com/articledirectory/
By Amanda Baker
If you're a writer, or a student, or anyone who's ever felt the desire or need to write, you know all about the dreaded thing known as writer's block. You sit at the computer, or you're at your desk with a pad and pen, ready to write. But nothing happens. Your mind is drawing a complete blank. You feel as if you'll never be able to string even five words together into something coherent. It's a tragic problem and many experience it. The sad thing about this particular monster, is that once it's bitten, it sinks its teeth in and begins to work its way into your mind. If you don't defeat it immediately, it can be around for quite some time. You'll find yourself thinking "why can I write anything?"
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