My friend Riatarded from.. uhm, Riatarded has been collecting a compendium of sorts on methods of overcoming ones “creative funk” and since no compendium is ever complete without TheEmbarrassment, here’s my contribution.
A scientific study claims that almost 70,000 thoughts cross through the mind of an average individual everyday. Overcoming writer’s block is clinging onto one of these thoughts and putting it into words. If you can’t, it is about time you think of another hobby to pursue. As Steve Martin puts it,
Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol. Sure, a writer can get stuck for a while, but when that happens to a real author — say, a Socrates or a Rodman — he goes out and gets an “as told to.”
I know, that was rather harsh but the amount of professional writers that have gone into drugs and alcohol as a means to overcome this “block” is disturbing. If you’re having trouble coming up with something to write, it is usually because you have exhausted your creativity by writing too much, in which case you need to take a break. There’s a reason jobs offer paid vacations and as with every profession even a writer needs a break.
Writer’s block is the greatest side effect of boredom – Jason Zebehazy
Another cause of this block is boredom. Sitting and typing on a keyboard all day can be quite tedious at times. What you really need is a bit of spark to keep you going. I have been known to annoy lots of people, especially people of higher authority. It gives me a rush. Sometimes these people can get quite creative while abusing you in turn and that only adds more words to my page. A quick glance at the other posts on TheEmbarrassment will tell you how many posts you can come up with this technique. Obviously there are other less dangerous ways of doing it(I’ve been chased around with a bat for annoying some) but this is a tried and tested method and one that I highly recommend.
There is also the case of people not writing for want of perfection and for that I leave you with this quote by Margaret Atwood,
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.
So if you’re in a bit of a funk, you know what to do now.