A Different Point of View-Combating Writer’s Block

Do you get anxious when the well seems to have run dry?  I do. I get nervous, antsy, anxious, etc., when I cannot write.  Some days that damned blank page just seems to glare back at me in defiance!

I try to post something here several times a week.  If I can’t, it really bothers me.  It surprises me how much it bothers me.  A friend of mine said, “We write because we must write“.   I find this to be extremely accurate.

So what do you do when you’ve got that dreaded Writer’s Block?  I have found that what seems to work for me is to simply step back and find a different point of view.

Let me give you an example.

I had an amazing photo prompt that I was trying to write a poem for.  Nothing came.  Well, that’s not true.  Nothing postable came.  I tried for days!  I’d step away from it  (which helps sometimes) and go back to it at a later time and try again.  Nope.  Didn’t work.

What I finally did was to look at different versions of this photo.  I found one I liked and boom!  About 15 minutes later, I had a poem that I would say is one of my best.

So try a different perspective.  A different point of view.  You might just be surprised at what comes from it!

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Thank you for joining me on this journey! ❤  Penny

 

 

 

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She's had a successful blog with a growing and loyal following for more than 5 years. Penny has written articles for Counseling Directory .org, Introvert Dear .com, and WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published on Ariel Chart, a monthly online Journal, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society and a member of All Poetry .com Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 by Z Publishing. She is currently working on her first novel. You can find more of her writings on her blog at: https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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14 Responses to A Different Point of View-Combating Writer’s Block

  1. I had this happen with a recent Artists/Writers Collaboration event. The writers wrote a poem or short story to go with a piece of artwork and the artists painted or created some art to go with a writers piece. I was paired with an artist who did modern art. He told me of his trip to Italy and describe what he saw. It was a mish-mash of colors to me. Nothing came for weeks. One day I was sitting across from it and looked at it from the side. Amazing what I saw from that angle! There was a blue canal, a gondola, a soldier waving, several flags, etc. It was easy to write a poem about it.

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  2. I use stepping back as you did here and it helps. It also helps to write down a title, or a word or two or a phrase and let it percolate! (like in a Word Bank) I have been participating in Jo Hawk’s Write Everyday Challenge and I am really loving it! It’s this simple – write at least one sentence everyday – no matter what! Once you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit and writer’s block isn’t so scary! I have found that the format of Haiku is a real life saver for me. Think of a word or topic and then start tapping 5 syllables for line one, 7 syllables for line 2 and, 5 syllables for line 3 and presto you’ve written something for the day. Works for me, Ha!
    xoxoxo

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  3. Excellent advice, Penny. Happy writing.

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  4. Good advice! I tend to do that from time to time. I need to step away from a picture that I selected, and need to be reinspired to write something.
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    If I can’t think of anything, that’s pretty much what i do – I look through photos until one screams at me and then I write it. Of course prompts are like that, except I don’t chose them, but they all do have a thousand stories to tell…

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