As a writer, I have faced the insufferable writer’s block more frequently than you can imagine. I have probably stared at thousands of white computer screens and blank pages. I know as well as anyone how excruciating it can be to get that first coherent thought out on paper. Luckily for you, all of my experience in this arena means that I have become somewhat of an expert at effectively overcoming writer’s block, unlocking energizing creativity and getting brilliant ideas flowing.
I have a handful of go-to techniques for battling writer’s block. One of my favorites is a little exercise I call “The Alphabet Game.” To try it on your own, open your journal and list each letter of the alphabet, A through Z. Then, write anything that comes to mind that begins with each letter. For example, it can be one word like, “Avalon,” or it can be an entire sentence like, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” If your creativity sparks from one of the letters, follow it and see where it leads. If you get stuck and the letter only produces a lonely word like “Apple,” move on to the next one.
As you work through this exercise, be aware of what you are writing and how it makes you feel. Look for patterns in what you’ve produced. Look for what excites you. Look for the story within.