I don’t know what happened over the last three weeks. It was neither my intention nor my plan to go on hiatus, to take a break from blogging. However, I still encountered — whatever one wants to call it — a brain fart or writer’s block. I definitely suffered something because no matter how hard I tried, nothing, not a single idea emerged. My brain housed a big, blank space. I’ve read of this happening to writers but since I’ve only been writing for a couple of months, I didn’t expect this phenomena to visit me so soon. Of course, it would have been easy to just write a subpar article blabbering about nothing, or post some random photos in order to fill up the page; but that would have been unfair to my readers and a desperate attempt on my part to stay the course. My readers would have recognized immediately that the article was written by a drowning woman gasping for air. I only hope that this involuntary, forced inaction will not happen again anytime soon.
So, to counter this problem, I’ve decided to do some research on how to get one leg up and thwart this problem before it presents itself again. I hope these solutions will help anyone else who becomes a victim.
- If you are experiencing writer’s block, STOP everything you are doing. Go into the city or the country or the forest and just walk. Inhale deeply through the nostrils until you feel your lungs fill, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. It’s possible you only need some fresh oxygen flowing to the brain. Usually, people do not completely expel carbon dioxide from their lungs, thereby, negating the opportunity to replace stale air with fresh air.
- Are you only writing with the goal of being published or Freshly Pressed? For those who are unfamiliar with this term, it is associated with WordPress.com. Everyday, WordPress promotes 10 new articles. By having a writer’s article promoted, in other words “freshly pressed,” the blogger is guaranteed a high volume of traffic to her or his blog via WordPress.com. You probably just need a break from the pressure of the rat race. Consider writing about something that’s entirely different just for the pure joy of writing with no agenda in mind. This could make you more relaxed and get the ideas flowing again.
- Download and become best friends with a digital voice recorder app that can be found on your smartphone or iPad. Then, the next time a great idea materializes — they always come when you least expect it — you don’t have to scramble for a pen and paper or rely on your memory. You can make a recording. This is a great way to capture your ideas in the moment. Try iTalk, which gives you the option to adjust the sound quality, name the recording, and email the file.
Hopefully, following these three suggestions will be the answer to preventing, or at least curtailing, another hiatus, brain fart, or writer’s block anytime in the near future. So, the next time my brain goes kaput, I’ll take advantage of these tools to solve the problem and immediately get back to blogging.