Three Greatest Ways To Eliminate Writer's Block

Three Greatest Ways To Eliminate Writer's Block

I'll make a better writer out of you yet.
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Writer’s block is, perhaps, the most debilitating disease a creative can contract. You’re going strong, writing the next best great American novel, and WAHM- suddenly you’re struck with a mighty case of “the stucks”. Well, I’m here to help, oh dearest and loyal reader who will definitely share this on whatever social media you find the most shill-able. After you read this you will be the greatest writer on the planet (in terms of efficiency of production- the content and general quality will still be just as bad, sorry.)

1. Pick up a hobby.




I get it; you’re just too focused on your work! You just simply have to take a step back from time to time, and what better to step back to than a quirky or interesting hobby! I can personally suggest taking up hula-hooping, jump-roping, and, my personal favorite, smoking. I guarantee you’ll see a dramatic increase in your work efficiency (Again, no guarantee on the quality of content or syntax- that’s on you, bub).

2. Do a little cooking.



I know how it is; you’re trying your best to listen to your hour long YouTube focus music mix but you just cannot drown out the grumbling of your poor baby stomach. This is a perfect time to jump in the kitchen, clear your head, and fill up that tummy. Personally, I’m a big fan of making delicious brownies and homemade rock candy (it’s a lot easier than you may think!) And, while you’re cooking up a storm, grab a little wine and reward yourself with a glass or two (I recommend Carlo Rossi due to the high volume and low cost.)







3. Drink some tea.

So you don’t have the time, ability, intelligence, drive, interest, or whatever your personal problem may be to jump in the kitchen and microwave some HungryMan dinners. I get that- cooking isn’t for everyone. But hey, what could be easier than making some Tea? A little hot water and a Tea packet- what could be easier for someone of your capabilities (or lack there-of)? I personally recommend Kava Tea (a bit hard to come by, but absolutely worth it) and "Zam's Elixer". Matter of fact, many Chinese poets described a state called “tea-drunk” that they achieved when fresh tea was consumed at great volumes. I always recommend having a little honey and fresh lemon on hand at all times for the best tea experience. My personal go-to will always be green tea but you do you, strange ranger.

When the time comes (and it will come) where you’re stuck and unsure about where to move next, look towards your favorite authors for inspiration. For me, I always look towards the musings of the greatest author that has ever lived and that ever will live: Mark Twain. So when I ‘m having trouble, I remember this quote:

“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”



Mark Twain
- Letter to D. W. Bowser, 20 March 1880

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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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