The most effective tool I have for curing writer’s block consists of two words: Just Write.
That’s all it takes- Just Write. Stop thinking and do. Stop worrying about whether the words flow or if they make sense and Just Write. The most important part of this exercise isn’t trying to write a sonnet that would make Shakespeare weep or a book that would make Mark Twain jealous.
The point and purpose is to remove the mental stumbling block that you created for yourself. Yes, you are the source and the solution. That provides you with an incredible opportunity and an exceptional amount of power. How many problems do you face in your life where you always have the tools on hand to fix your situation.
This is part of why so many writing classes talk about the importance of practice. This is why so many of those classes recommend that you write daily. When you write daily you train your brain to respond to your call to action. You train it to adapt to whatever situation you face and overcome the challenges that may make calling out your words difficult.
My personal practice is to engage in free writing. I just write about whatever comes to mind without regard or concern for topic, length or substance. It is a practice that some people disagree with. I have been told by more than one person that you should never post anything that lacksÂ substanceÂ but I wholeheartedly disagree with that. You don’t know what is going to resonate with people and you don’t want to waste time worrying about that.
Just Write. The advantage and benefits of free writing are easy to illustrate. It takes something that feels exceptionally hard and complex and makes it simple. It provides you with a simple way to remind your brain that you know how to do this. When you let go and stop worrying about what you are writing the words start to come and you will find that ideas suddenly pop into your mind.
You’ll feel more relaxed and that in itself will yield all sorts of benefits. I suppose that it is fair to say that relaxation is what we are looking for. The goal is to let go of your fear/anger/frustration. Let go of whatever it is that is holding things up for you and watch the words roll off of your fingertips.