I’m writing a press release for a client, a photographer, who’s aiming to get showcased by a slick Seattle magazine. Trying to write, anyway! Unfortunately, my brain has greedily seized up all words like a cranky two-year-old kid clutching a cookie.
Ever been writing something when all screeches to a halt? The words just won’t come. Frustrating!
Here are 4 ways to blast that writer’s block:
1. Get physical. Go for a walk, roughhouse with the dog, mow the law, run an errand. Being active with your body works wonders for releasing the mind.
2. Get reckless. Tell yourself it doesn’t matter what you write and slap any old words on the page. Most will be crap. But likely, you’ll find a kernel of goodness in the muck; that’s your starting point.
3. Get reading. If you’re writing your blog, read someone else’s posts. If you’re struggling with a website page, Google a similar business and see how they handled things. If you’re stuck on a newsletter, read one in your inbox from another company. It’ll jostle your brain into working again.
4. Get flexible. Write something entirely different and see if, later, you can return to your original progress with better success.
Hmm, I always have liked #4 . Guess I’ll get back to the press release now.
How do you handle writer’s block? Do tell!