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#11 - How to deal with Writer's Block! - February 2, 2017
So we have all been there. We sit down at our computers..... and we... we start to type and.. well, nothing much happens.
We try to write some more.
We get up and go to the refrigerator in search of some unknown food which will somehow spike our creativity.
Then we go back to the computer and we make ourselves speak our character's lines.... Ugh, it sounds like second grade.
So we go to the refrigerator again and we have a Red Bull, and maybe eat some old grapes. Who knows? Maybe old grapes will inspire creativity.
No. It doesn't work. We just get all buzzed out from the Red Bull and nauseous from the bad grapes.
Then we start to think we will never write this play, we put ourselves down, and we curse the universe for letting us think we could actually write another play.
So we turn on the TV, and maybe eat some dry cereal, and then we open the wine.
"I have Writer's Block today." we think. "I will get to this tomorrow."
Ever been here? Fun, huh?
There is a cure for what we label "Writer's Block."
Here it is:
On the days, or the writing sessions, when it just isn't flowing...
Simply research your play.
If your play is about Poland in 1953, search Poland and the time period. If you are doing a play about LOVE ADDICTION, search it and read case studies, personal accounts and more. If you are doing a play about the Civil Right's Movement in the 1960's, take the day and LEARN everything you can about that time and about what was happening, even if you did research earlier. There is always more to learn! Listen to music of the time. Watch old movies on similar subjects! And have fun in the process.
And believe it or not, Ideas will come to you in this process - many of my students start writing within minutes of researching! Others sit down the next day and the dialogue flies out of them with a new, more specific perspective.
So if you feel you are blocked, don't waste your writing time - RESEARCH!