While I mostly agree with what many authors claim—that writer’s block is a myth—there are certainly days when it comes easier than others.
Even though I may not officially have fallen to the fabled affliction, sometimes things just don’t work the way you want them to. For instance, just the other day I put two characters together who should have had a lot to talk about and yet, neither seemed to be in a chatty mood.
No, I’m not going crazy. I know that since my characters live in my brain, I technically control their every action. And yet, sometimes when I try to write them in a scene they feel stinted and unnatural. Character X would never say that or character Y would never feel that way about character X.
So, you see, though I don’t have writer’s block officially, I am rather annoyed with my characters at the present moment. So, here’s a list of things you can accomplish when you’re avoiding sitting down and staring at a blank page:
- Wash all the dishes you can find. Bonus points for cleaning the sink after too.
- Clean the stove. I mean, it has to get done sometime, right?
- Binge watch a stupid TV show you would never otherwise watch. (hi, Grey’s Anatomy.)
- Binge listen to a podcast or audiobook you’ve fallen behind on.
- Take an extra long shower, complete with a face mask and exfoliation.
- Clean out your closet. (At least I finally got rid of all those tights with runs in them, right?)
- Bake cookies or a cake or bread or really anything that’s bad for you and delicious.
- Read a book or a short story in the magazine (Current drug of choice: The New Yorker fiction section.)
- Take a nap. An oldie, but a goody.
- Begrudgingly sit down at the computer and try to write, somehow ending up on Twitter or Instagram for three hours.