I Don't Know What To Write

I guess that today we're going to talk about brick walls, because I'm coming up against one at the moment.

"Writer's Block" is (in sum) the feeling of "I don't know what to write about" that leaves a writer staring at a blank document for minutes at a time before they go and scroll through Pintrest or Tumblr for inspiration - which I can tell you is a literal waste of time. It almost never works.

As I was told in college and since, I shall tell you (and by extension, myself, since I need to hear this as well).

The only cure for Writer's Block is to just keep writing.

It doesn't matter that I don't know what to write about. Not writing isn't going to get me anywhere, because as a wise man once said, "If nothing changes, then nothing's going to change."

What a teacher of mine once told me when I looked at her and complained that I didn't know what to write about, was to set my pen to the paper and start to write, and not lift the pen until the time for writing was up.

This is called "free writing," and though it's an exercise I loathe, it's unfortunately very effective, and the only dependable method I've ever found for breaking Writer's Block.

Now, you might say, "But Ink, what if there's a specific thing I'm supposed to write, and I don't know how to come at it?"

Then I would reply, "If you know what it is you need to write, then start writing it. Don't worry about how to start - start in the middle, or at the end if that's the part you know. The important part is to start writing. The beginning can be polished or added to later on, but you can't edit something you never wrote down."

I often think that it can't be that simple.

I often think that if I don't know how to start, there's no point in writing.

I'm often wrong.

I put off writing this post for several hours, because I opened up a new post and stared at it for a while, but didn't know what to write. I was completely dry on what to blog about. Right up until I remembered that not writing wasn't actually an option.

So I started writing about not knowing what to write. Tada. Instant blog post. (Of course, there's only so many times that'll work, but it's a good place to start.)

What about you, Inklings? What comes out of your pen when you don't know what to write?

#Writing #Advice #WritersBlock

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