We’ve all suffered from writer’s block at some point. The solution can be simple and right in front of you. I like to write about the frustrations of the day, write about my inability to write. Write about what is in front of me – or what I like to call the write environment. Picture the worst writing environment for you, and then the best. This provides two possible benefits – firstly the obvious, you’re writing again. The bonus second benefit is that in creating your write environment, you may hit upon an underlying problem. As you’ll see below, my none-too-shocking epiphany is that I crave silence. I often try to write in amongst the hubbub of my home, with mixed levels of success!
My Wrong Environment
It had been a long, tiring, stressful day. She’d had enough but she knew she wasn’t done. Sitting in the living room, the joyful sounds of a 4-year-old filled the air. Toys crashed, the TV blared, and there she sat screaming inside. Laptop balanced precariously on her knees, half her attention on the task at hand, the other half on readying herself to deflect a projectile of whatever description might soon be hurtling toward her. She started writing, but found her focus interrupted before the end of…
My Write Environment
Still. Finally, everything was quiet. The same sofa, the same living room where an hour previously the wife, the kids, the dog… had all vied for her attention. Now nothing existed but a laptop, a stiff drink, and the hope for inspiration. She relaxed, breathing easily. Knowing that this precious time would be all too fleeting. Write.
Make a Change
Hopefully, you’re now writing again and the immediate fug has dissipated. Use this opportunity to make one positive change toward your write environment. Harness the contradiction between the two scenes. Let us know how you get on – leave a comment or head for Facebook and Twitter if you prefer, as well as our other social media networks from the links in the menu above.