Writing can be a fun, expressive exercise as you put your thoughts on paper or on screen.
Until it’s not.
Writer’s block is a frustrating emotion felt by writers around the world. When you’re stressed, and when you’re trying to come up with the perfect word, frustration grows. It can be difficult for screenwriters to find the creative juices to add more substance to a character as a writing deadline looms.
Thankfully, there are many ways for you to get back into the creative groove, which will help the words flow. Here’s a look at 10 ways writers can stay creative during the writing process, and helping avoid a rare moment of crippling writer’s block.
Harness Your Creativity
Your brain reaches peak creativity when it’s not focused on a specific task, and instead has the chance to wander through thoughts. Record some of these thoughts while you’re daydreaming. It could be handy as you’re writing in the future.
Take a Walk Around the Block
Nothing gets your endorphins going like exercise. Even just a walk through a park or a quick set in the gym can take your mind off the stress of work, freeing you up to be more creative when you sit back down again.
Mow the Yard
Studies show that distracting yourself with other tasks, such as washing the dishes or mowing the yard, can free up the mental cobwebs in your mind and allow you to be creative when you return to writing
We’ve all been there – writing about a topic we find uninteresting is difficult. Lack of enthusiasm can hamper the creative process. But if you find something that inspires you within that topic, you can turn your piece into a success.
At any point in the writing process, when you think of an idea, write it down on another piece of paper or on your computer. Even if it has nothing to do with your current writing topic, it could come in handy later.
Take Notes on the Fly
Ideas may come to you in a moment while you’re doing another activity. Using your phone or a pen and paper, make sure to jot down what you were thinking so that when you return to writing, you can add it in to your work.
Read a Book
Seeing characters develop from a different perspective may provide inspiration to be creative in your own work. Reading a book or long-form article can be a great way to gather ideas on how to formulate your own writing.
Review Old Notes
Perhaps you wrote something in the past that you’ve since forgotten. Seeing it again could spark a new idea, leading you back to your creative groove.
Take Your Idea for a Walk
You may have an idea that seems like a dead end, but it’s good to imagine what would happen next. Maybe a character in your screenplay walks into the street, and then what? One idea leads to another and you could be on to a great character reveal or moment in the character’s arc.
Change Things Up
If you’ve been sitting at the computer for hours, close your laptop, take a break, and then start the writing process with a pen and paper. Changing things up and writing with a new perspective could help you get back in your groove.