THE TORMENT OF A BLANK PAGE

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WHEN THERE ARE NO WORDS

There it is. Staring at you, mocking you, begging you to make it fit for purpose.

We all have these days when no matter how much you force yourself, you just can’t get anything down on paper – nothing that you would want to go to print anyway.

Suddenly your desk needs a clean, papers need shredding, oh and have you had enough coffee? Probably not, best make number seven of the day and its only 10am. Your mind wanders and quite frankly you haven’t got a chance in bringing this back from the brink.

‘Writer’s block’ as they call it, is a lonely place, full of whirring noises and blurry letters- that’s what mine looks like anyway. 

Is there a cure for it? No.Comment. But there are certainly ways to tackle a bad case of it.

 

TIPS TO TRY AND FIND YOUR WAY BACK FROM THE WRITER’S DESERT

Look to others for inspiration. And by that I do not mean poach another post and repurpose into your ‘own’ work- our audience is far too important to try and cheat and it achieves little other than de-conditioning your own imagination in the long run; but if something catches your eye and gets you thinking, then reflect on how, and what it was that made it a good piece of work, it may just get the train back on the tracks.

 

CHANGE OF SCENERY

Change your environment. Granted, this is not always possible if you have to work in an office but perhaps just going for a walk and unplugging yourself from technology will be enough to reboot the system and give you a token piece of inspiration (and if nothing else get your steps in!)

Have a chat with someone and refocus your mind, engage in conversation that allows some head space from the problem in front of you. Sometimes I find that reading the news or an article about something unrelated is enough to reset.

Write anything. On difficult days I often start in the middle and work my way around…if you have a thought write it down, you can expand on it later, but do not hit delete! If you wrote it down, you did so for a reason. Leave it where it is until you are completely sure of its purpose, if your final decision is to cut then so be it, but you will never know if that thought could have led onto something show stopping if it doesn’t exist.

DONT OVERTHINK

Deadlines can be gruelling and overwhelming, and sometimes enough to stop you achieving your full writing potential because you are more preoccupied with word counts than actual words. It is easier said than done, but taking the focus off the date and giving yourself the space to develop your work will make it easier to produce meaningful content

Don’t overthink- Im a self confessed over thinker, so I appreciate the scale of this request, but it was a good piece of advice that was given to me that I am now using in daily practice. Overthinking slows you down- there is time to think again when you come to review your work, but until then have confidence in your words and  write with conviction!