I feel like I haven’t been posting much of anything as of late. To be honest, writing is something that comes relatively easily to me, but the past few days I have just been feeling incredibly uninspired. It’s not as much “I don’t know what to write about” as it is “I don’t know how to write about what I want to write about”.
Because of this, I’ve decided to be inspired by my lack of inspiration and to write about how to overcome that all too common struggle we call writer’s block. I have compiled a list of my top three favorite ways to get over your writer’s block and to start creating again. These tips can apply to many art forms I think, not just writing.
1. READ THAT BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ.
This is one of the easiest ways for me to get my brain working again. This book for me has been No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July, which I posted about over in my book haul a while back. This is a book of short stories that, on the surface, are quite charming and naive, but when taken in a larger context have an exceptionally understated real life application. Reading and feeling someone else’s writing style is always very refreshing as well after you’ve been stuck in your own words for so long. I think the main reason for the success of this tip is that sense of accomplishment. After feeling like you have done nothing for a while, accomplishing a small task that’s been on the back burner of your mind is very satisfying.
2. WATCH YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIES.
When I was little, there were about five movies that I would watch, and only five. They were the Hallmark Channel’s Alice In Wonderland (featuring Martin Short, Robbie Coltrane, Whoopi Goldberg, Gene Wilder, etc.), Disney’s Peter Pan, Harriet The Spy (featuring Michelle Tratchtenberg, Rosie O’Donnell, etc.), what I had dubbed “the real people” Cinderella (featuring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, etc.), and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. What great taste I had. Anyway, going back and watching any of these movies always inspires me to create and do things. For some reason, the aesthetics of these films captured little Miranda’s attention, and I still love them all. Yikes.
3.WATCH A WES ANDERSON, MIRANDA JULY, OR HITCHCOCK FILM.
If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. My super suggestions are “Vertigo, “Me and You and Everyone We Know”, “The Future”, or “Moonrise Kingdom”. If these don’t inspire you to be creative, you’re crazy.
Hope this helped you! I probably should have been a little less specific but whatever, you get the drift.