If there is one thing I don’t like about being a writer, it is writer’s block. Notice I didn’t say “hate.” That is because I believe hate is such a strong word to use in the context of something I am passionate about. In fact, when I was in first grade, that’s when I realized I would become a writer. Anyway, I’m not too fond of writer’s block because it’s a huge momentum stopper.
Imagine having all those ideas running through your head right before you sit in front of your computer. You excitedly start writing, letting the words flow seamlessly from your mind to your fingers and the blank Word document before you. Then, you hit a snag, and some of those ideas go flying out the window.
I’m pretty sure most writers would agree with me when I say that writer’s block is like that one annoying person you know who just can’t seem to understand (or probably is turning a blind eye) how annoying he is. What’s more, some blockage can last weeks, at least in my case. How horrific is that? When you rely on your writing for a living, you have deadlines to meet and honor. Procrastination is a no-no. However, what if you’re not procrastinating on purpose? What if it’s your mind that is unwilling to work with you?
Online Games – Foolproof Cure for Writer’s Block
Well, I discovered a foolproof diversion to get my creative juices flowing again whenever I encounter what I call “mind stagnation” – I play online games. No, I don’t go full-on gamer mode; that’s too much. I simply play the different games installed on my phone, mostly simulation, hidden object, match three, and logic games. And what do you know, after playing a couple of levels, my creative juices start flowing again. It’s foolproof, at least for me.
Nevertheless, if there was a downside to this, once I started using my phone to play online games, I could not control myself checking my Instagram and Facebook accounts. And that’s when the problem starts. Browsing my social media pages ultimately takes up most of the time I should have spent writing. Boo!