Writer's Block is an issue that we will forever be discussing. I don't think it will ever go away. There can be so many reasons why we get writer's block. Maybe there is something happening in our daily lives preventing us from writing. Or maybe the stresses of the office are getting in our way. Maybe we simply have too many things to balance, and we feel like we don't even have time to sit down and think. For the past couple of months I myself have been dealing with issues in my personal life, and I have had writer's block. I have come to the conclusion however, that it could possibly be just a state of mind. I have found that if you just sit down and stare at the blank page long enough, the words will come. If you find that nothing is coming to you, try stepping away for a few minutes, but make sure it is only a few minutes. Be sure to go back and at least attempt to write something down.
I was talking with a close writer friend of mine, and I was telling her how I felt like I couldn't write anything. She suggested that I turn on my radio, or my itunes. She told me that for her, hearing a song can trigger an idea for a story. Sometimes even just a title of a song might help her come up with something to write. I thought, "Duh! Why didn't I think of that?!"
How do you handle writer's block? Do you have any special rituals that help you get your creative juices flowing?
Welcome! Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer who resides in Orlando, FL. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Racquel is a part-time English professor, the founder of the writing center, Writer's Atelier and is also the co-founder and co-editor of Black Fox Literary Magazine.