Some Things to Do When You Can’t Seem to Write

When you can’t write, you can do pretty much anything else. And whatever you choose might help.

Scott Muska

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When you can’t write, you can sleep. Dream a few potentially unsettling and almost definitely perplexing dreams. You never know what kind of stuff your unconscious is going to unlock while you toss and turn that can eventually be of great use when you get back to that whole writing thing. Sleep is regenerative, too — and symbolic of a new start, sometimes. Also, being asleep just absolutely rocks. It’s a great way to not really live while killing a bunch of time. If that’s what you’re into.

When you can’t write, you can weep. Have yourself a cry. A good, solid one if you can muster it. I’m talking heaving sobs — two breaths in for each labored breath out seems to be the sweet spot, for whatever reason. It’s cathartic. And by opening yourself up you can let some stuff in. Before too long (hopefully), that stuff becomes a bunch of ideas that’ll send you back to the blue-lit screen or notebook of your choice.

When you can’t write, you can walk. Get some steps in. Convene with nature, if you live by any of it. And if you don’t, take advantage of the people-watching opportunities that come with a nice stroll. You’ll see some beautiful stuff and occasionally some…

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Scott Muska

I write books, ads and some other stuff. (You can find the books on Amazon.)