Blank Mind Syndrome – or Writer’s Block as it is often known. It happens to us all, and is something we simply have to work through, even though sometimes it leaves us thinking that whatever it was that inspired us has packed its bags and cleared off into the sunset. I think the main thing to remember is: DO NOT STOP WRITING. Your inspiration will come back. Blank Mind Syndrome is only temporary. Meanwhile, here are ten tips that I have found useful when assailed by BMS.
1. If you’ve written something, don’t delete it. At least if you’ve started to write there’s a possibility it may gather momentum.
2. Even if you’re thinking it’s rubbish, continue writing. Even if you’re despairing that you’ll never write again, even if it is rubbish. Just carry on writing.
3. Don’t sit and fiddle with pen-jars and fingernails. Focus on what’s in hand.
4. Although it does sometimes help to leave something you’re having trouble with, and come back to it later, don’t leave something just because you’ve run out of persistence. Stick with it.
5. Don’t invent excuses to keep you from returning. We could all fill hours and days doing things simply to prevent ourselves having to wade through BMS.
6. Don’t be cruel to yourself: Your creative juices are still lush and plentiful and you will definitely write again.
7. Set yourself a time limit. Decide you will write, rubbish or not, for the next hour and not delete anything. Remind yourself that no-one but you is seeing what you’re writing and that while you are writing you’re getting the better of BMS!
8. Promise yourself a treat. This is entirely up to you, but you could think “Right, after 200 words I’ll have a coffee, after 500 a peach and a 10 minute break, after 1000 an haloumi and hummous wrap…….” Whatever does it for you.
9. Don’t correct as you go along. Let it flow. If you stop to change a word or a description, you’ll interrupt that flow.
10. Forget the staring at the wall trance. Why not try meditation? It will surely help to change Blank Mind Syndrome to Blissful Meditative State!
And don’t forget, BMS, like all else, will pass…..
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About the Post Author:
I was born and grew up on a farm in Devon. I’ve always loved writing and can remember when I was about six, sitting in an apple tree in the orchard with pen and paper, scribbling away. I wrote my first book when I was fifteen, although that’s now tucked away in a cupboard and it’s fair to say will never be published! I continued writing and have recently e-published my novel, ‘Dependence’ and am planning to publish it as a “physical” book with Matador in November.
I lived in Cornwall and London before eventually settling in Kent where I now live with my husband, Steve, and our two cats. After working as an auxiliary nurse in hospice care for many years, I’m now devoting more time to my true passion, my writing.
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