(Side note to Ally: Is an apostrophe supposed to be somewhere in the word "writers"? Well, you're the grammar Nazi not me so you deal with my grammatical errors and I deal with your state of mind. Get over it.)What exactly is a writers block?A writers block is a state of mind or an unspecified amount of time in which a person, specifically a writer, is unable to form proper thoughts, sentences, or words to support a thesis, carry a story, pen a letter, etc., and/or when the words with which they desire to express themselves cannot be found within the recesses of the mind.How often does one experience this so-called writers block?The writers block asks no one, refers to no one, and listens to no one concerning who it's next victim will be or when. It lives in the shadows of a writer's life, observing the writer's every move and pondering when It will strike. It comes at the worst possible moment, having planned it's offensive maneuver since the first sign of letters upon a page.How does one know when he or she is experiencing the onslaught of the writers block?It is quite obvious, to say the least. The victim will experience frustration and/or depression, depending on the severity of the block. If one finds himself, pen in hand, staring at a blank piece of paper for a span of time longer than ten minutes, one should immediately consult a trusted friend or understanding family member and seek instructions on the best way to proceed.Upon the realization that one has the writers block, the following instructions should be followed.First, all forms of personal writings should be put aside. These should be put aside, not in defeat or despair, but with perfect composure and realization that no more progress can be made in that present moment.
Second, the victim should relocate to a new setting. Examples: a library (privately owned or public), a kitchen (for food purposes), a garden, or any place that offers a change of scenery that will probe the mind's creative genius and refresh it.
Third, in the first stages of healing the block, do not read. Again it will be said. DO NOT READ. This stage is vital to the curing of the writers block. Reading will not refresh the ill mind in the way it needs to be refreshed. Instead, during the first stages drop all literary and wordy things and try something new. Paint, sketch, origami, take a walk, go to the city and observe the crowds as they pass, do crafts, get a coloring book and crayons and pretend to be five years old, rearrange your bedroom, organize, and above all, if possible, be with others. Don't ever be alone with your thoughts because they can be dangerous in times like these.
Fourth, the above instructions should be followed for a few days, no less than two but no more than a week. The idea is to refresh the mind, not pull it away from the objects of it's critical thinking. When the victim feels ready to face words again, follow that inclination immediately and do not let that sit on the mind for more than an hour. It must be acted upon immediately.
Fifth, pick up a book. The victim's own writings should still be avoided and the victim should instead pick up the writings of others. Children's books are the best to start with. This gives the mind something easy to conquer and comprehend. Plainly speaking, books without having complex plots, characters and themes. Books of a classic nature and poetry should be read next, whether they are read thoroughly or briefly. This gives a formal introduction back into the world of words. The next step in this delicate process is reading a book on a subject alien to the reader. Historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy. Normally, a good writer does not have many genres or styles which are alien to him but a book should be sought out that would not normally have been chosen. This gives the mind something new to adjust to and understand. A book with a complicated plot should then be read. The above process is as it is because this exposes the mind to a whole world of new ideas and styles and characters and plots and themes which fill the mind with fresh starts and untarnished endings.
*I dedicate this to my friend, Josefa, who is (was? Haven't talked to her in a while. Lost my phone again) struggling with the writers block thing. :)~ Athena