I have heard and read so many discussions about writer’s block, it feels like the commercial about “Going and Going” that air on all three network news broadcasts each night.
Creativity, being a function of your brain, is mysterious. Maybe it’s best to have the same respect (or nearly) for it as you do for love. I’ve read so many books about creativity that I’ve come to the conclusion that no one else understands it either. Without it, life is grim.
Science, however, has an explanation. In Dr. Herbert Benson’s The Breakout Principle, he talks about how creativity can be triggered by repetitive movement such as jogging, knitting, yoga, sewing, meditation, golf. The repetitive motion releases chemicals in the brain. These are the chemicals that allow different parts of the brain to communicate and make creative leaps and comparisons. It’s on.
The worst thing you can do, in other words, is to sit at the computer watching cat videos or go to dinner parties and bray at your friends that you have writer’s block.
Go fold laundry, run, sit in the bathtub, read to a kid. Release your mind from the struggle at the machine and let it solve the creative problem in its own mysterious way. It just might fall into you brain fully-formed and seemingly from nowhere.
Feed your creativity. It goes with you everywhere. Like a blue stool.