advice from the prolific
There are writers many of us know, who never seem to get blocked, who are prolific and happily so, turning out new pieces on a regular basis -- a story a month, a novel a year. I am fortunate enough to know more than a few of these writers and I find them a constant source of wonder. So when I began working on these pages, after I'd come out of the closet about my writer's block, I decided to ask these prolific folks how they approached balky projects and how they avoided the writer's block ruts.
Their answers contained some surprisingly common elements:1. Don't obsess on one thing -- have more than one project going at a time and if you get stuck on one, move to another.So, no magic formula there -- just common sense and committment -- but you can't argue with success. Once you're back in the writing groove, you might consider the elegant way these elements work together to keep the ball in motion.
2. Commit to finishing everything you start -- if you've left a project, commit to returning to it; continue to work on the problem.
3. Change the mode of putting down words -- if you're stuck on the word processor try a dictation machine or writing by hand; or change where you write -- go outside, or to a friendly coffee shop, or the library.
4. Get some physical exercise -- go out and walk; mow the lawn -- physical activity of the pleasant and slightly mindless kind seems to precipitate mental activity of the kind that promotes creativity.
m a i n m e n u / m y o w n p a g e