By Heather Harper I Borderline Press I Jan 22, 2016
You’ve got the perfect idea. Your outline is in place and your characters have been developed. Then the unexpected happens: writer’s block. Instead of letting frustration take over, use this time to explore something else….perhaps, some ideas for breaking the vicious cycle:
It is widely known that the brain functions differently when exposed to daylight and plants. If you live in the city, take a walk or ride a bicycle to the local park. If it is winter, you can also substitute with SAD lights and indoor gardening.
Drink hot tea
Tea is not just a beverage, it is an experience. Try setting aside 15 minutes for tea once a day as a relaxation technique. Black, oolong, white, and green teas have many health benefits but watch your intake because they all contain caffeine. Herbal teas are usually caffeine-free.
Practice deep breathing
This can be done at anywhere at any time, which makes it the most practical calming method. Slow, deep breathing will help you to regain clarity during moments of agitation. Take 3-5 breaths while sitting up straight with your feet planted firmly on the floor. You’ll feel better quickly.
Reflecting on others’ work can get your creative juices flowing again. Reading a motivational passage helps you take your mind off your irritability for a few minutes and maybe help you turn it back around to your happy place.
Have patience with yourself
There’s a saying, “Stop looking for the answers”. Forgive yourself for not #writing this very moment. When the time is right, the answers will come to you.
Look for my next Upcoming Blog Post for this Series: “Write What You Know: Being true to yourself as a writer”
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