Monday, April 20, 2009

A sunny day writer's block

April 20, 2009
Well, sure enough the sun is shining - in fact, we have went from near winter conditions to summer in a 48 hour time period! The moisture was a blessing and has certainly prepared the soil for planting. And the grass is beginning to turn shades of green giving me a touch of spring fever.But today I have a video presentation to get ready that includes a writing project. I seem to be having some writer's block -something I have experienced before. I do not always know what brings these frustrating blocks about. But I do have a few remedies if any of you writers out there run into such a challenge.
(1) Step away from the computer - the research books - anything that has anything to do with the project and give yourself some space. It will be there when you return:-)
(2) If you haven't started to journal - give it a try. It is great therapy, a good way to vent and it is surprising what insights emerge when one puts pen to paper. I have gained many through the years and have started a book project containing tidbits from my journals that I hope may be helpful to others. My granddaughter hopefuly can illustrate it for me one day. At any rate - I am going to take some time to write in my journal for awhile TODAY. It often relieves a writer's block, among other things.
(3) Take a walk - nothing like fresh spring air to clear the mind and get the body moving. It doesn't have to be a long one - just a stroll of sorts to drink in some of God's creation. It's a great way to get to know God better - what He has created tells us volumes about who He is. "Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? No, my help comes from Jehovah who made the mountains!"
Speaking of. . . . .(4) God knows all about those writers blocks so ask Him for some wisdom and some peace until you return to your writing post:-)


Melissa Marsh said...

I think going for a walk (or exercise in general) is great for working through your writer's block. :-)

Jody Hedlund said...

Welcome to the blogging world, Carole! I've enjoyed getting to know Melissa through her blog and I hope to get to know you too! Thanks for the tips on ways to get over writer's block!

Terri Tiffany said...

Good morning and welcome to blogging! Melissa invited me over and I'm glad she did! Hope to read more from you again:)) Great advice and yes I am a long time journaler:))

Jill Kemerer said...

Hi Carole,
My favorite form of "self-therapy" is taking a walk outside. I don't know if there's something in the air or if I just don't slow down enough to hear myself think, but walking definitely clears out my head.

I also journal, but I've noticed I only journal on really bad days. If anyone finds these journals they'll think I'm permanently in a bad mood!

Have fun blogging!