Writer’s block. Two words dreaded by all writers. And I am not going to explain why; if you are not in the in crowd then you wouldn’t understand any way. So here’s a brilliant post written by our latest guest author, Kay Winders, who has some snazzy tips to break the block. (Believe me, they work). So without any further delay, enjoy the post. Continue Kay…
Writers have different ways of coping with writer’s block. Some of us go for a walk. Others listen to music. Some party. A few change the cat litter.
I like to travel.
Not that I can do it all the time. To be a writer is often to be a starving artist, and traveling takes money. Therefore, telling a writer to travel more often is usually asking for a good, old-fashioned, Don Corleone slap across the face.
That isn’t to say that those of us with particularly stubborn blockages of creative juices shouldn’t try to travel as often as we can. Here’s why:-
1. Traveling takes us out of our comfort zones.
I generally don’t like to travel where I speak the native language fluently. I loved that when I reached my study abroad destination in northern Italy after studying Italian for three months, the locals spoke German.
Not only did I learn a bit of history—northern Italy used to be part of Austria and Switzerland before borders were redrawn—I got to learn bits and pieces of two languages rather than one.
Learning a new skill forces us to rethink other skills and our own modus operandi, hence the whole “traveling broadens your horizons” bit.
2. Traveling forces us to rely on others and learn about them.
If you travel to a region of the world where you don’t speak the native language, you’ll inevitably approach strangers for directions or help. This not only does loads for self-confidence and social skills—which directly affects the often introverted writer—it allows us to observe people without more or less stalking them.
Your bunkmate at a hostel in Athens may have qualities you want in a secondary character in a story; you may even find your heroine on the metro in Wales.
3. Traveling breaks us from the routine.
We don’t wake up in our childhood bedroom and we don’t eat at the same diner. Boredom from a trite routine can be a creeping killer for writers, traveling is the perfect way to break from whatever is turning our brains to mush and get the creative juices flowing again.
4. Traveling makes you miss writing.
Toting around a laptop isn’t practical or safe in many travel destinations so writing on the go is often not an option for many writers. Being forced to not write—or write at a markedly slower pace by pencil and paper, gasp—can make us pine for it.
For writers who come to dread writing because our characters have grown stale or we can’t get past a plot hole this is nothing short of exhilarating.
5. But traveling doesn’t mean we have to jet away to Paris or Beijing.
Breaking out of the routine is usually enough to get the creative juices flowing.
Instead of driving to work, take the bus and listen in on conversations and observe others’ mannerisms and interactions. Sip on a cappuccino and people-watch in or outside of a café. Take a class on a language you don’t know. Take a cooking class on a region you’ve never visited.
The point is to break out of the routine and use your head for something other than scratching or banging against the wall trying to remedy a writer’s block.
About the Author:-
Kay Winders is presently the resident writer for http://www.badcreditloans.org, where she researches the best way for people to pay off their debts without damaging their credit. In her spare time, she enjoys freelance writing, the beach and gardening.