If you’re reading this, odds are, you’re a writer. To that end, you’re probably acquainted with writer’s block.
You’re probably also aware of the many ways in which writers attempt to stave off writer’s block.
Our very own Dolan Morgan recently shared his DIY treatment at the Story Prize blog.
Now when I have writer’s block, I follow a strict regimen that I think many others could benefit from. First, I remain ever vigilant for symptoms and signs. With every new word, paragraph, or edit, I take stock of my surroundings and consider my mind and body. This must be done holistically, as things aren’t always cut and dry in life. To be safe, I go immediately into action if two or more of the following circumstances present themselves while writing:
- Persistent checking of social media.
- Discoloration around mouth and lips.
- Hands that smell like chemicals, such as white out or mercury.
- Burns, stains, and odors on my body (or even clothing, desks, laptops, and other objects in the area, especially paper).
- Vomiting, labored breathing, drowsiness, confusion, or other deviations from my usual routine.