“Lube the mind. Or the body. Wait, what? Lather the body. Not lube. Freudian slip. So the wordsmith’s well has run dry? Try this specially-crafted Writer’s Block soap. If this soap doesn’t help you churn out regurgitated ideas and probably a vampire, I’ll eat my hat. It’s a fedora, by the way. Cool vampires wear fedoras now. Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it. Or in your book. Either way, you’re gonna need this soap ASAP. Your ideas are terrible.”
I’m sorry, I just fell out of my chair from laughing. If you are wondering if this is an actual product, it is, and you can purchase this lovely soap HERE. Yes, that’s right, for the low, low price of just $8.95, plus shipping, you can get a soap that possibly cures Writers Block. There is also soap for Boozers, the Formerly Employed, Hipsters, the Debbie Downers, Stoners, Stalkers, Smug People, OCD people, and the Black Sheep of the family.
Does it work? I don’t know, but I will say there are moments for me in every novel where I wonder if it just might be worth a try.
I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs and articles about writer’s block all over the internet. For writers of all genres, it’s a real problem that we face, either all the time or just every so often. Which ever type of problem plagues you, there is an array of advice to help you break through that brick wall you’ve been banging your head against.
Take some time away, work on something else, go for a walk/hike/jog outside, relax and forget about the book for awhile, go see a movie, go hang out with friends, play with your kids, spend time with your spouse—the list of things to do to get your mind free and clear of the junk that’s blocking your imagination from doing what it does best is nearly endless.
Do these things work? For some, I’m sure they do. For others, maybe not. I don’t know. But, what I do know is that each writer must find what works for them.
For me, writer’s block always comes as I start a new chapter. Even if I have a detailed outline, where to start the chapter, and just how to start the chapter always seems to trip me up. Every time. While things from the above list, help, normally, it takes me anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks before I can finally get that light bulb moment.
Yes, I said a couple of weeks, and for the record, I really don’t like those weeks.
Of course, I have to say, though, I’d rather go through weeks of working on other things like getting blogs pre-scheduled and promotional posts scheduled, so that when the muse finally arrives, I don’t have anything else to do but to just let her write.
Two weeks of nothing to a whole chapter in one day? I’ll take it.
So darling followers, do you get writer’s block? And, if you do, how do you get through it?