Writer’s Block. What do you do when you gotta get the juices flowing again?

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Get booze flowing first, the rest will follow

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Couple of things I do...

1. If I have time, meaning that I don’t have a check in same day or next, I call it a day. When that block gets heavy, no amount of pushing will get that turd out. So I stop and do something else, anything, to take my mind off of that particular brief/ask/job.

2. I also just try writing shit down, even if it’s complete rubbish (and most likely it is). That does two things for me: makes me feel like I started working on it but it also could lead me somewhere. Maybe inside one of thkse half baked ideas/headlines there’s a nugget of something.

Good luck, don’t worry.

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Here are two ways that work for me:

Brute force. Just write “the story.” I find that helps me get the ideas flowing again when I’m in a jam.

Not think about it for a while. Do something completely different that will occupy your mind. I used to play ping pong with my partner. Concentrating on something else can unblock BBC your mind and allow inspiration to happen.

Hope this helps

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Go for a walk. Get away from the computer or paper for a bit.

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Read

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Just start typing. Type anything. And do it fast. THen start typing things related to your brief (even if they're not ideas). Keep typing as fast as you can.

Then, start typing ideas. Not good ideas. Bad ones. Half ideas. One word ideas. Ideas that are off brief. Whatever. No filter, no judgment, just typing as fast as you can. You can delete it all later, just type.

If you are writing headlines, you can play games. Like, see if you can write 20 headlines in 5 minutes. Don't craft them, just write them. They can be shitty as hell. But don't stop.

If you're writing scripts, do a similar thing, but with script ideas. One sentences. How many can you write in 30 minutes? 20? 30? Set a goal and reach it no matter what.

Do this kind of stuff for an hour and you should be good.

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Go for a walk and record yourself talking it out. Then type out what you recorded.

I practice Spanish on Duolingo for a bit of a reset before revisiting my project.

Write about something ... anything ... that you really enjoy and have passion for (for me, it's bad poetry). Do that for as long as you can get away with it. Hopefully, your mind/heart/hands will be ready when you jump to living that non-existent block right over. Just one trick of many.

If I’m to the point where everything feels flat because it’s become too linear sometimes I’ll draw with my left hand. Supposedly engages your right brain. But even just the act of doodling helps.

If I’m feeling like I don’t know where to start I write down a lot of bad ideas or really obvious ideas.

I’ll watch videos or movies or read things non ad related to inspire me.

I’ll meditate if I’m scattered or mentally tired. It’s a really good tool.

I’ll talk to someone else about it to rustle up ideas.

I also stay away from the computer at these points and try to jot down ideas. For me early on it’s better not to sit at the computer.

I’ll go for a walk or change rooms.

I’ll try to switch off and play a game or watch mindless tv or do a chore or cook something to let my subconscious work on it.

Also I try to watch the time of day. I’m most active mid morning and later evening. If it’s 3pm I’m a zombie.

Write through it. Someone better than me said “Writers block isn’t that you can’t write, it’s that you think everything you write sucks.” Grind and grind and grind. Writing never gets easy, you just get better at it.

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