Writer’s block is the bane of almost every author to some degree. They sit silently, staring at the blank white sheet in front of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a monitor or piece of paper, it’s all the same. Their voices are silenced and no words form. I have heard tales of some who have written the same line a thousand or more times before giving up to frustration. If not put in check, writer’s block can plague an author to the point of creative death.
So, how do you stop it? How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer.
While I’ve been fortunate enough to have never experienced writer’s block myself, towards the end of 2016 I was feeling a certain amount of lethargy when it came to my writing. That wasn’t where I wanted to be mentally or professionally, so I decided to try something new.
I have always believed writing to be an important form of art. That belief is exactly what started me thinking that 2017 could be a year of inspiration drawn directly from other arts.
The idea is simple: Once per month I plan to attend a new and exciting artistic experience. The hope is the event will kick-start my creative juices and elevate my writing to new levels of enthusiasm. The best part – I plan to take you with me by reviewing each unique engagement and exploring what it did for my author state of mind.
I am over-the-top excited to get started on this project. In January, I’ll be attending Shen Yun 2017, a world-class music and dance production that draws on China’s unique heritage.
Regardless of the results of my little experiment, I know visiting different arts and cultures will expand my mind in fantastic ways. If I look at it in that light, It’s already a success on a personal level.