Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, you sit down to write and nothing comes. You can feel the tumbleweeds billowing through your brain like it’s a western, the saloon doors swinging back and forth in the wind.
It doesn’t matter what you’re working on – a blog post, a poem, your latest novel – there are days when it just ain’t happening my friend.
As you watch the hands of the clock tick ever closer to your deadline, fight the urge to panic or do any of the following things:
- Sit at your desk thinking ‘”la-la-la it’ll be fine, I’ll do it later” and spend all day reading the latest gossip about Justin Bieber and laughing at angry cat GIFs.
- Plagiarise someone else’s work, because no one will ever know – right?
- Stare at a blank Word document for hours whilst the bile rises up the back of your throat.
- Decide that you need a break and if you stop thinking about it you’ll get a great idea. Then get caught up with your distraction and forget about your writing entirely.
- Remember Hemingway’s advice to “Write drunk; edit sober.” You are not suddenly the epitome of talent because you’ve downed half a dozen Jager bombs and scrawled some stream of consciousness drivel about your dog.
- Despair that you’re a failure and give up altogether.
- Throttle your workmate/friend/significant other when they ask you how you’re getting on.
- Cry and curse the heavens.
- Plead with Twitter to give you something, anything to write about.
- Throw your laptop out of the window.
There’s no magical cure for writer’s block, but anyone who writes for a living, or even just for fun, has been there. We feel your pain. Don’t give up!