Clarissa Johal: Tangled Tuesday-10 Things To Do When You Have a Writer's Block

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tangled Tuesday-10 Things To Do When You Have a Writer's Block

Some days, in spite of the fact that I may have a whole day in front of me to do nothing but write...I get nothing. I blame it on my characters because they're just being a pain in the butt. I would get into it with them, but I'd run the risk of alienating them completely. I got one of these dreaded blocks the other day and decided to share how I managed it.

Here are 10 things to try when you have a writer's block.

1. Practice your ballet. Decide that going through a complete routine will take the place of going to the gym later. Finish and decide to go to the gym anyways. Now, in fact. That way, you'll have the whole evening free.

2. Once you're back home and showered, realize the dust bunnies have gone on a breeding rampage because you spent the past week writing. Clean house. Since the kitchen is clean, do some cooking for the week. That way, when you go on another writing stint, your children won't live off pizza and cereal.

3. Sit down to write again. Save the one sentence...repeatedly.

4. Brush the dog. Tell him what a good boy he is and how horrid your characters are for being so elusive. Brush the cat. Tell him the same as he runs away because he doesn't give a crap.

5. Surf YouTube. Stumble across something hilarious. Post it on Facebook because it will make everyone's day. Find out it already went viral...years ago. Feel lame. Catch up with all the exciting news from other people doing neat stuff. Sternly tell yourself that it's time to do your neat stuff. Sign off Facebook and get back to writing.

6. Decide you must have some almonds. Now. A grocery store trip may be in order. Wander the grocery store aisles looking at all the food. Chat with other customers and the checkout clerk. When the checkout clerk asks how the writing is going, feel extremely guilty and tell him it's going great. 

7. Once you make it home, sit, determined, and split your time between noshing on almonds, and writing random sentences. Delete your sentences because they all suck.

8. Social network. Follow random people of Twitter and Google Plus. Visit your other social networking sites and catch up. Become completely overwhelmed by the number of sites you've signed up for. Spend the next half-hour on Pinterest looking at all the pretty pictures.

9. Make coffee. Drink coffee. Repeat.

10. Finally get struck with an awesome idea and write furiously. Check the clock and realize you have exactly twenty minutes before the kids get home.

Kick yourself repeatedly. For that matter, kick your characters, because obviously, it's all their fault.


Sharon Ledwith said...

Just a day in the life of our writing lives, Clarissa! LOL! Great post, made me smile numerous times! Now...where's the almonds?

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

I wish I had the "magic" 10 Things that worked for everyone, lol Thanks for stopping by, Sharon :)

Sloane Taylor said...

This is a wonderful post, Clarissa!!! Love it and the truth behind your humor.:)

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Thanks, Sloane :)

HL Carpenter said...

Love your humor, Clarissa!

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Aw, thanks, Helen/Lorri :)

Cait OSullivan said...

Ha great post. Love the feeling guilty when the checkout assistant asks how's the writing. I'm sure I look guilty in that situation, then overcompensate and positively glow back at them for the wonder that writing brings me. Sometimes.

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Ha! Thanks for stopping by, Cait. :)

Rhea Rhodan said...

Great way to turn a frustrating day into a great post! And here you thought you weren't productive at all :>)

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Not sure it constitutes as productive, but thanks, Rhea :)