People often ask me why I write. My response? “Why do you draw? Why do you run? Why do you travel?”
Because it’s what you love; it’s what you’re good at and it’s your passion. Writing to me is like breathing at times…I don’t know what I’d do without the ability. I write in journals and notebooks. I write stories and poems and letters. I love blank paper and I love blank Word documents on my laptop. When I have a blank sheet of paper or Word document, I just start writing and sometimes I don’t even know what is going to come out.
Sometimes I get “writer’s block” and I can’t continue on a children’s story or novel I was working on, but I step away when that happens and read, write in a journal, or work on a cross stitch project. However, what gets me out of the funk the most is walking! For some reason, when I take walks, my eyes see stories and my head is filled with ideas. When I get back to my house after my walk, I’m usually ready to get back at writing!
Do you get “writer’s block” at times? What do you do to help yourself get back into it? My opinion is that no one should ever force themselves to do something that doesn’t come naturally. Take a break, take a deep breath, and dive back into it later.
I often read novels about a character who is a writer, and they have a deadline from their editor so they can get their next book published but they get writer's block. What does that writer do? They sit there staring at a blank screen. And what usually ends up happening? The writer goes through something (traumatic or thriller-like) and the inspiration hits…and then they write.
When you feel you can’t write, take a deep breath and walk away. Take a walk, take a hike, visit someone, go out to eat, read a book, or even take a nap. Just relax and let the story come to you. Because it will.