What to do if it happens to you? Try one of these imaginative tricks to fend off writer’s block and get those words flowing again! Sometimes I use them both together, and, more often than not, the block loosens and I can get back to work.
Try some music. When I write, I like to imagine the story playing out as a movie in my head. Sometimes certain songs that fit the scene I’m working on will pop into my head, and I’m amazed at how much it enhances my writing. So, when I hit a snag in the creation of a book or story, I’ll think of a song or a piece of music that goes along with what I’m writing. I put on my headphones, get comfortable, then play the music and think of my characters. It’s weird, but it works for me!
Here is some of the music that has helped me over some rough spots in my writing.
Battle scenes: Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” A Perfect Circle’s “Counting Bodies Like Sheep,” Lacuna Coil’s “Angel’s Punishment,” and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Scary scenes: Prokofiev’s “Dance of the Knights,” Chopin’s “Funeral March,” Rachmaninov’s “The Isle of the Dead,” and “Monsters,” by The Cruxshadows.
Medieval scenes (dragons, castles, fair maidens): Jethro Tull’s “Moths,” Plumbo’s “Ola Nordmann,” Arany Zoltan’s “King of the Faeries,” and The Corrs’ “Old Hag.”
Scenes of love and romance: Ravel’s “Bolero,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Honey Hi,” Leo Delibe’s “Flower Duet,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “You and I, part 2.”
Scenes of sadness and tragedy: Sia’s “Breathe Me,” Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over,” Handel’s “Largo,” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
Scenes of happiness and joy: Vivaldi’s “Autumn (3rd movement),” Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro (Overture),” Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine,” and Ace of Base’s “I Saw the Sign.”
Look at some pictures. This can be a fun activity, and I do this even when I don’t have writer’s block. I think of the scene that’s giving me trouble, starting with the setting. Then I google some matching pictures. For instance, if I’m writing about medieval castles and damsels in distress, I’ll check out some pictures of mossy old castles, dragons, and suits of armor while I listen to “King of the Faeries.”
This is even more effective if you’re a visual person. While you look at the images and/or listen to the music, try to relax and focus on your characters. Let them have the run of your mind, and don’t even think about your writer’s block. When you’re finished, go back to your work in progress and see what happens. You might very well be pleasantly surprised!