The best thing when you're feeling creatively blocked, in my experience, is anything. Leave your immediate surroundings and
'Writer's block' is something nearly every blogger, journalist, academic, novelist, columnist of any worth has experienced at some point in their writing career - that irritating and frustrating period where you know you should be writing or want to write but fail to put pen to paper.
"Right. So drink up, get back upstairs and don't come down until there's at least two three-ways, some bi-curious exploration and a clever yet provocative pun for the title."
I've sat down to write this a thousand times. At least in my head I have. For the past few months I have been struggling with, for want of a better expression, writer's block. I have been drowning in doubt and question why I am even bothering whenever I open a word document. This has happened for both creative writing and blog posts.
Authors get writers block. They hit a wall, a creative blockage whereby they simply cannot write, no matter how hard they try. Journalists don't get writers block. How can they? Stories move too quickly, new things happen every day. Journalists have it lucky. There is too much to write about. Right?
The concept that writing could be hard did not resonate with me. I just assumed the people saying that were just not natural writers, had no ideas, or were evil wrong doers who were trying to grab the gold man out of my hand before I even knew what it was.
I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.
We all need a little help to get the creative juices flowing from time to time. Maybe you're stuck for ideas, or just need something to get you started: a story, a character, a concept to embrace or to react against.
Struggling to unleash your inner creative? Feeling a little blocked up? You're not alone. Writer's block has affected some
5am. I am suddenly awake, bolt upright. A strange feeling. I had to get up NOW and do it. I knew I couldn't do anything else until I did. I needed to WRITE. The creative juices that I long to flow when I want them to were bursting through a dam of their own accord.