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Top 6 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

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by Jessica-Lee Hirst (subscribe)
Jessica-Lee Hirst is a freelance writer based in the Yarra Valley.
Published March 26th 2012
This website gets a lot of traffic from budding writers but sometimes we become stumped by writers block. I suffer from it fairly often and developed a few tips to get me back on track. So whether you're a professional or the next J.K. Rowling, I hope these ideas can help!

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Here's my list of little things that can help jump the creative spark again:

1. Read

Reading material can always spark new ideas. But if you're bored of reading the same old thing skim through the newspapers (even the classifieds can have interesting bits). You can even go to your local library and look through their archives. Try a new genre of book, flick through some poetry, look at some interesting magazines. You could even head to an old book store and try your luck there.
Some cool places to find reading material;

Local Library
State Library
Magnation 88 Elizabeth St Melbourne Victoria 3000
Brotherhood Books @ 215 Glenferrie Road, Malvern VIC
Haunted @ 15 McKillop Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Collected Works Bookshop @ Level 1 35-37 Swanston Street Melbourne

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2. Go to Your Local Museum or Art Gallery

At first this may seem boring but give it a go. There are always interesting stories to be found in a museum, there'll be something to spark your interests. Or head to an art gallery; paintings and pictures have inspired some of the greatest literary works - think Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Places to go:

State Library of Victoria
Chinese Museum
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

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3. See a Film or Hire One

Don't just hire a latest release film, hire a really old film or look in the art house section of your local DVD store. Try going to some smaller independent movie theatres, they often show international films or art house style movies try Video Dogs and Cinema Nova.

4. Ballet/Concert/Opera

My grandma starting taking me to the ballet when I was very young. I will never forget the first ballet I saw, Coppélia. Since then I have really enjoyed watching ballet and reading the story behind it. Some are very complicated and often romantic. Make it a night out on the town with your friends and be inspired.

If ballet isn't your thing head out to a concert or performance.

5. Go Out

There's nothing better than going for a walk and watching the world go by. You may find taking yourself away from the problem (sitting at a computer and swearing) will help bring you back to creating. Even sitting in a cool little café and listening to what's happening around you can give you ideas for writing.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
Credit: Wikipedia

6. Music
Listen to your favourite CDs or look up their lyrics. There are always stories behind songs and often lyrics are beautifully written. Listen to the radio or news, if you usually listen to FM try AM, call back radio can provide stories and character ideas too!

Try some classical music, it is often dramatic and sometimes helps me get in the mood for writing. If you are lucky enough to have access, try listening to some old records.

Any more ideas? Feel free to comment below
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Your Comment
These are all good ideas and they do help. A very appropriate article.
by Julie White / Pictorial Girl (score: 3|1036) 3057 days ago
Thanks Julie,
They help me so hopefully others can enjoy them too! :)
by Jessica-Lee Hirst (score: 1|40) 3057 days ago
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