This post is part of #the100dayproject that encourages creatives to do an action every day for 100 days. I've chosen to write an article or blog post every day. Previous posts for this project can be found here.
Writer's block is the worst. I never know when it's coming. It's like getting my period. It usually comes at the most inconvenient time because life loves me like that.
At least you can reschedule your period with birth control or something.
Can't do that with writer's block.
When I get writer's block, first I whine and then I read other articles from my favorite writers or watch a movie like The Devil Wears Prada hoping something will spark inspiration. Usually it works, but for those moments when it does, the trick is to drink.
There's a saying the biz that is “drink now, edit later.” I like to think it works rather than accept it's an excuse we tell ourselves to justify our terrible habit. When I drink, I let go of my inner editor and I don't overanalyze every little sentence. I don't get drunk to where I can't write a coherent thought because that would defeat the purpose, but enough to say fuck it and write.
The hardest part is starting so with my brain free of my over-analyzing, self-depreciating thoughts. I can throw words on the page and deal with it later. I sleep it off and reread what I wrote with a sober brain the next morning to clean it up. Voilà! A finished piece.
Granted, I don't always have the luxury to work on a story overnight. For those times I just have to force myself to do it. Stress can be a great motivator.
I just don't like the way it makes me feel while it's happening though.