It's Tuesday! And this week's opinion: Writer's Block.
I confess I was totally stumped on what to write about today. My brain feels officially fried. I spent the past two weeks creating a new blog for my dance students (Dance Away! A Blog For Ballroom Dancers, in case you were wondering), and the amount of research and decision-making put into the blog was mentally exhausting. This morning, I've just been sitting and staring blankly at this post's draft page, wondering what the hell I was going to write about. So I figured I'd just write about my current problem: the dreaded writer's block.
They say when you have writer's block should go for a walk, or just write about anything and everything. I find that rarely works for me. If I go for walk, then my mind just goes off somewhere else and thinks about random things that makes me wonder whether I have ADD or something. I start daydreaming about what I would do if I won a million dollars, or of being a famous dancer on TV, and by the time I've come back to my desk, I discover I've still got nothing. And if I just randomly start writing, I might get something really cool....just not for the thing I'm supposed to write about.
Do I have my solution to writer's block? Not really. My best results usually come from have a good night's rest or from reading a book or article that relates somewhat to what I'm supposed to write about. That frequently seems to help. Motivation is a huge factor as well. If I really don't want to write about a topic, my room of inspiration becomes deadbolted and barricaded with heaps of furniture and walls of cement, that even the world's biggest metaphorical battering ram can't break down (hence the all-nighters in college). Sometimes, just finding the motivation to write is all I need to overcome the block.
In the end, writer's block can be dealt with, it's just a matter of when and how. Such as today. This morning I had no idea what to write about, but it seems that I've managed to wring something out of my tired brain. Now I can shut my eyes and yawn, and then maybe take a nap.
Note to self for the future: jot down some writing ideas for Tuesday's Opinions before Tuesday!
This has been a (short) posting from your local dancing bookworm.