Monday, March 5, 2012

A Creative Block & Solving Problems.

Chinese Museum, Melbourne.
January 2012.

{Day 1}
I am three weeks removed from my Australian adventure. And with the passing days, my current case of writer's block only seems to intensify. To break myself free of my struggles to contribute to the written word, I am giving myself a blogging challenge. Hooray!

The Challenge:
For 26 days {the length of my travels}, I will continuously post reflections, photos, and insights from my trip on Underlined and Bold. With a little outside accountability, I hope to regain my sense of creativity with words, and rekindle my love of snapping photos. 

Do you ever experience writer's block? What strategies do you use to break away from it?
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  1. Sometimes it feels like there is too much to say. And the words/thoughts/feelings/ideas get caught in a bottleneck and nothing will come out.

    When that happens, I'll try to write about something entirely inconsequential. Any random observation will do. If I look out the window and see a woman walking a dog, I'll start writing about that woman and her dog. Their physical traits, her clothes, their pace, etc.

    Then I'll move on to other things. Cars, buildings, trees. Just get the fingers moving.

    Through that process my thoughts will sometimes wander back to the things that are really on my mind. I'll pick up a thread somewhere and follow it.

    It doesn't always happen as easily as that, but I've found it to be a worthwhile exercise.

    (Or sometimes I'll head in the opposite direction instead. Sometimes I'll try to look even more closely at the things I want to write about. Sometimes the bottleneck is caused by an unidentified and uncomfortable thought that I'm trying to avoid.)

    1. I am def. going to try both of those strategies!! Also- I think you're on to something with the "too much say" comment as well as say that "Sometimes the bottleneck is caused by an unidentified and uncomfortable thought that I'm trying to avoid."

      Thank you for this thoughtful comment =)

  2. I look forward to hearing about your trip over the next month! I've been longing to visit Australia.

    1. =) Australia is amazing! I miss it so much.


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