What can you do when writer’s block paralyzes you?
Sitting down at your desk and going through the motions of writing is one place to start, according to Robert Benson in Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life.
Benson suggests that you establish a daily routine of turning on your computer and going back to the most recent stopping point in your work. Paraphrasing an NPR interview with Eric Maisel, he suggests, “If you are a writer, type in the last few bits you wrote.” You can find direct insights from Maisel on YouTube, as in “Understanding Goal-Oriented Creativity.”
I think the idea is to find an easy entry into writing. Once you start, you may build momentum. As Benson also says,
… something… magical may happen to writers if they go to their rooms and take up their tools each day.
Perhaps writing will capture them.
This reminds me of advice I read or heard long ago to stop your daily writing in the middle of a paragraph or thought. That way you’ll have an obvious path for resuming your writing.
What works for you?
What helps you lick writer’s block? For another take on this topic, see “Beating financial writer’s block with author Julia Cameron.”