I’m a keyboard writer. Whenever I sit down to write a new story, or work on an existing one, it’s usually at the computer. It can be a desktop or laptop, I’m not picky. I type faster than I write, so when my creativity is in overdrive, typing is the best way to keep up with my brain.
However, I’ve found that when I’m struggling creatively, or feeling the pangs of writer’s block, I go directly for the blue ballpoint pen and my favorite notebook.
I have found the motion of handwriting, and the feel of a pen gliding against paper relaxes me. I can always create with pen and paper when other methods fail me. Take a blue pen, a handy notebook, add some great songs streaming from my IPOD, and you have my ideal recipe for refreshing ideas and creative freewrites.
I’ve mentioned before how I keep a writer’s journal. I try to write in it regularly, but I have trouble continuing the practice for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Part of the problem with consistency is: when I sit down to write in my journal, I end up flipping to the back of my notebook and writing some form of fiction. Now—I know this isn’t an actual problem, but it certainly distracts me from journaling.
I have other methods to fight writer’s block. A brisk walk helps when I’m feeling restless. The fresh air clears my head, and gives me time to think without the distraction of a blank page. Sometimes I just take a nap. Have you ever woken from sleep with a brilliant idea you had to write down immediately? Me too!
What are your methods for fighting the lull in your creativity?
Do you have a ritual when you write? Same chair, or sitting next to your favorite window, maybe the same lucky pen or notepad?
Do you need music or a quiet room?