A Road Block of the Mind

There are few things worse than staring at a blank page with a deadline breathing down your neck and not a clue of what to write. Writer's block happens to all of us. Sometimes we can push our writing off for another day when you feel more inspired - however, there are always those instances where you have to push through the darkness to put something on the page. Luckily, there are some techniques you can try to help get your creative juices, as well as word count, flowing.

Calvin and Hobbes

Brainstorm Picking a topic to write about can be the hardest part of the writing process. Brainstorm concepts and write down every idea that pops into your head. This is not a time to be picky and reject your thoughts. No matter how silly the idea may be, write it down, and see where your brainwaves take you. Make a list of the topics you came up with, and take it a step further by writing some supporting arguments for each idea. This will help you flesh out which ideas have enough support to stand on their own and which need to be tossed out. Doodle Even if you are not artistically inclined, try doodling something you find interesting or engaging about your topic. Having a hard time with a difficult topic? In her TED Talk about doodling, author Sunni Brown states that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension and creative thinking, especially when dealing with messy and complex ideas. Doodling is often perceived as an absent-minded activity, but it may be just want you need to translate ideas into words on a page.
Step Back It’s not always possible to take a step back or change the scenery around you. However, every once in a while, you might have to go out in search of your creative spark. Once a month, 20K Group goes on a field trip somewhere in Houston to seek out inspiration in our fair city.  For moments when we just need to step away from our desks to get a different perspective, the Lightbulb Lounge serves as a refuge where we can snuggle into a couch with a notebook and let our minds wander.
Let the creativity flow.

Let the creativity flow.

Next time you’re contemplating banging your head against your desk out of writer’s block frustration, employ a few of these techniques to get the ball rolling. There is always something to write about. Sometimes it just takes a bit more work to figure out what it is you have to say!

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