So, this crazy lady over at Riatarded currently has a challenge going where people explain how they overcome writer’s block/un-creativity. She shamelessly promoted it on my blog and then asked me to participate.
The nerve! Lucky for her she keeps me entertained. 😀
The challenge is called The Uninspired Chronicles which runs until the beginning of next month if you yourselves are wanting to enter.
The only problem is though, I never suffer from writer’s block. I always have these creative ideas swirling around that big docile thing I call a brain, it’s just I don’t have a lot of time to write as much as I’d like to due to having a very demanding job.
My last job was absolutely great for blogging because I did maybe about 1 hours worth of actual work within the entire day, the rest of the time was spent on the internet. Unfortunately after my manager was forced to take redundancy some dirty little crackwhore became in charge and got rid of me before my three month probation was up.
In hindsight I didn’t mind as it was a hellish drive to work every morning and I didn’t really like anyone that worked there. Fast forward to now where I became an Assistant Sales Manager two weeks into starting my new job and then eventually a full manager by the time my three months were up at this place. Now I do about 14 hours worth of work in a normal working day. Constantly busy, constantly frustrated, stressed, angry, fed up, burnt out, depressed.
People passing customers to me because they’ve asked to speak to a manager, you shouldn’t be passing people to me until you know for certain that you can’t rectify the problem. Only for me to get threats of trading standards or being taken to court. To which I reply (and did reply Friday.) “You don’t even want to know how many idiots say that to me on a daily basis. But guess how many of those people actually get anywhere. I’ll tell you, NONE.”
This week had especially been a killer only to receive news on Friday that I won’t be getting my new guy until another week (THEY KEEP PUSHING HIS DATE BACK!!). So after all of this blogging is probably the last thing on my mind sometimes which is a shame because I do have ideas for blogs and stories over at Writing Asylum, it’s just a matter of pushing past all of the stress that comes with being in management.
Usually things that do help is reading other people’s blogs. Those that I follow closely I sometimes manage to read at work, I have them set up so I get e-mail notifications as soon as they post. Reading Anna‘s blog always inspires me to write something, it’s the one thing I look forward to on Monday’s.
Once you are at your computer (or in my case, laid in bed with a laptop burning a hole through my leg) and you are looking at a yet to be written page, the most important thing for me is to get the right music playing to put you in the mood. Once you are in the right mood for what you want to accomplish you’ll find that the words just flow out. Pretty much they are doing right now, however I’m currently not listening to any music. I’m laid in total silence. I was watching Supernatural but Sam and Dean Winchesters constant wise cracks are just too much of a distraction.
Reading also gets me in the mood for writing, currently reading a random Terry Pratchett Discworld novel because the guy is my inspiration for wanting to be a writer in the first place.
People tell me that I’m a good writer, but I read everyone else’s blogs and all I can think is I wish I was as good as they are. Which I think is the right attitude as if I thought I was an awesome writer myself, none of you would actually read!
Anyway, that’s basically my advice. Clear your mind, get yourself in the right mood, read as much as you can.
Then perhaps you will be as great as me. (Or so they say.)