Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
How do you beat writer's block?
One word. EXERCISE.
A while back I blogged about this particular topic so if I sound like I'm repeating myself, I am. But my remedy for writer's block hasn't changed. And some of you are new to my blog and haven't seen this. And well, I'm just lazy. (Me thinks I need some exercise!)
I'm a huge exercise fanatic. Why? Because exercise can be soooo mind-opening.
Check out a typical Saturday morning.
I down my morning
But it's my mind doing the most wandering.
My workouts don't just work my body. They work my mind. Scenes smack me in the head, sometimes the images so vivid I almost race back to the house to jump on my computer. A-ha moments emerge from the subconscious mid-elliptical stride. I have gotten more amazing ideas, answers to characterization or plot questions I drove myself nuts over, even drummed out profound thoughts for future blogs. All because I took thirty minutes to shut the rest of the world off and allow my mind to be free, open to possibilities.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of times I block out an afternoon for writing, inspiration hits, and I bang out 3000 words. But there's something about stepping away from the computer, ignoring my writer's block, and just allowing the subconscious to fix the problems, add nuances, or even open my mind to a new character that makes me stop mid-walk and go Huh.
Exercise - I loooove it. Most awesome cure for writer’s block. And I'm evil McGrumpy on the days I don't get any. (haha - that’s what she said.)
So how about YOU? What's your cure for writer's block?!
PS - reaching out thoughts and prayers to my fellow eastern seaboarders. Earthquakes and now Irene. I hope we all fare well.