Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to overcome writer’s block?


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Hi friends. I am not going to rattle off the general suggestions which are traditionally floated everywhere (you can find them if you Google). I am just going to offer a few personal tips which work for me, though they may or may not work for you (to each his own).

So, if you are a writer, you would often go through the dreaded phase of writer’s block. Generally, it is said that the best way to tackle this phase is to simply sleep over it. Just go to sleep or take a short break (may be, plan a holiday or a brain-cation) and your refreshed mind will be able to dish out new ideas the next time you sit down to write.

But I have personally observed that a very effective way to combat this writer’s block is to read a heavy book (preferably a well-written classic) for a length of 2-3 hours continuously. When you are exposed to such bombastic words, sentences and writing for such a long time, your brain automatically gets a warm-up which can be a great precursor for a satisfying writing session. The classic will open up the pores of your brain and help it to think better. Quite often, you get so full of words and ideas that the writer’s block melts as easily as it had appeared.

Another great way to figure out ways to solve a writing dilemma or to stitch up loose narratives is to mull over it when you are sitting in the bathroom. At the risk of sounding crude, I would say that the best plots come to me when I am in the bathroom- whether taking a bath or whether…umm….doing potty (excuse me).

So, the next time you are unable to find the way ahead, try to find inspiration in the lavatory.

                                                                          



~Ritesh Agarwal


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17 comments:

  1. Nice post Ritesh...I just take a break from writing when I get a block. And yes I read books.

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  2. Lovely tip and omg! haha...I thought I landed on some other space when I read the new name of your blog :P Hehe...

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  3. Aaah works sometimes for me as well... I was checking back and forth if I am on the right blog looking at the new name on it.

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    1. Ya just changed the domain name recently :)

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  4. omg!!!! dat so happens to me.In btwn the so called writers block phase.. but well good tips, myt def help me out :) Nice read btw, u kept me engaged :)

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    1. Thanks Menachery..... good to see u here :)

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  5. lol that happens :P btw what happened to your thirsty desires? it turned out to be a sexy thing huh? ;) interesting... :D

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  6. Totally Agree, The best place to think is the bathroom! I get most of my ideas there or in the middle of the night!
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  7. When I am stuck I just mindlessly binge watch serials which grip me..drawing me away from the troubles of life...Jack Bauer is great to get your mind off the mundane

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    1. Cool...i will try to keep an eye on that Jack guy, though I guess a Rose or a Lily will work better for me :P

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  8. And after i read this post , I wish this was longer and had few more suggestions or experiences about writers block !

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  9. Thanks for reading...Hopefully, I would be out with more personal tips in the days to come :)

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  10. I stumbled into writer’s block in 1968 and didn’t get out for 37 years. This is one experience that led to my book of writing tips, A Writer’s Notebook: Everything I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Starting Out. Writing it, I imagined the self I am today, after 19 books, standing next to my younger self, ready to answer any question. There’s a sample on my website:
    http://www.sanmiguelallendebooks.com/writernotebook.html

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