We all get writers block. I, unfortunately, have been experiencing it more recently, if you can’t tell. Is it because of the warmer weather? Is it because I tend to make up every excuse to keep me from writing? Recently, I set out to find some new forms of writers block help to ease my own problems.
Disclaimer: These tips have nothing to do with any science or statistics.. But what I can tell you is that if you start to feed your head in some of these ways, you can start to ease into the flow of writing well again 🙂
1. Visit with friends
My crazy friends open up my mind to conversations and topics that I probably wouldn’t ever talk or think about on my own. Everybody’s got some interesting ones. Visit them or go to a park or a place that’s not too distracting so you can really talk. Grab a bottle of rosecco (rose prosecco) and get ready for the feels.
2. Go to a museum or gallery
Feed your head with art. Most cities have free to cheap local gallery nights, and there are some great local paint/photo gallery options out there. I really enjoy interactive galleries, where museums encourage you to participate in making some art for their walls. Then you can talk with other art-minded humans about what they’re thinking when they’re painting or gluing together randomness next to yours.
3. Hang out with some munchkins
I’m talking about your framily and their kids. I don’t mean go to a park and creepily hang out with some random children, weirdo; take your exhausted friend and her kids out to a museum (see what I did there–combining some of these ideas can boost your brainpower too), petting zoo, or get some soft serve ice cream or Del’s Lemonade outside at a playground. Ask them deep life questions you always wanted answers to. Their replies will always be hilarious.
4. Talk to some old people
These are the cute/sweet folks you can really get some deeper life insights from. They’ll also appreciate your chat if you’re just engaging them in the first place. Visit your grandfather or great aunt, volunteer your time to play chess or read from one of your favorite books at a retirement home, or just chat up the lonely elderly guy at a bar. Listen. Smile. Absorb. Appreciate. Learn.
5. Get handsy
Not what you’re thinkin, friend! I mean use your hands and get constructive. I (try to) make jewelry and art. I also started gardening and I’m actively trying not to kill my houseplants. Make some terrariums with friends. Attend a painting party. Go through your old photos and make a collage for your parents. Make old memories new again and upcycle broken jewelry or pebbles and shells you’ve collected over the years. If you’ve treasured trinkets before, but they’ve been tucked away for years, why not bring them to life again and appreciate them daily on your wall or display on some shelves. Get creative.
6. Check out some live music.. or better yet, learn to play an instrument
Or you can at least try.. I picked up a ukulele this winter and I try to play it at least once a week. Thank you YouTube videos! I know I could really get good if I can carve out some time play it daily, but keep your instrument of choice in a place where you’ll look at it often. If you don’t have a musical bone in your body, just get out and appreciate some local tunes or, if you prefer, go to a big concert hall. Sometimes the local smallish shows let you absorb more of the feeling of what the musician is trying to emote, and I totally recommend starting there for creative energy.
7. Write off-topic
Are you a blogger and you’re supposed to write about food creations, travel, or in my case, marketing and the web? Try writing about your interpersonal relationships or come up with a fictional short story in a private journal. Jot down a poem or haiku of what’s on your mind in the moment. Use a pen or pencil (or marker or crayon) and actually feel the paper. Play Boggle. If your writer’s block has been hindered by you staring at a blank word processing document all week, maybe the medium needs to be changed to get the creative juices flowing again.