"PR Newswire" reported 26 September that even renowned author Lois Lowry suffers from #writer's block on occasion. Every author or freelancer suffers from  writer's block at some stage. It might be after a book is published or before starting a thesis. It might be during graduate school applications or during a random Saturday night. And if you are anything like me, you might say writer’s block happens often. Everyone has their own plan to break through the wall of cliches and fear. However, there are people out there who need advice. Here are a few ways to find #muses that work for me! 

Read something from now or then

Reading is one of the best ways to get out of writer’s block, but sometimes it makes it worse.

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Read the old works, new works, online works, or well written fanfiction. Knowing what is going on in the literary world (or in your favorite fandom) is beneficial. You might as well read when you can’t write! See what people are #writing about and how! If you don’t get an unlikely spark of inspiration from your newest read, continue on to other methods.

Look back. Be nostalgic

This method is particularly helpful when writing personal history statements. Most people have old essays in physical or digital form. Many parents have memorabilia from their children’s childhood. Go explore your life's artifacts, your old works, your old house. You might get inspiration for someone else’s life or for an autobiographical work. If you are needing a confidence boost, it's always good to see how far your writing has come.

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Learn something new

A lot of times, a block occurs when your work becomes too routine, too safe. There is such a thing as being too comfortable. One of the best ways to fix this issue is learning something new. It doesn’t really matter what ‘it’ is as long as you are not an expert. Learning how to speak French, to mix paint, or to code a program are all options for unlocking the gate of inspiration. Go as far or as close to your comfort zone as you want, but remember, too much comfort can be detrimental. With greater risk brings greater … possibility?  

Get involved in other art

For clarification, “getting involved” does not necessarily mean making the art. If you are following the method above, it could. You could be a painter or a filmmaker, but if not, just go see it. Visit a museum. Go see a play. Watch a film. Have I mentioned reading? Bring a way to write down your ideas when they come to you. That could be pen and paper or the note app on your phone. Just write it down. I promise you, you won’t remember that great idea 20 minutes later unless it is out of your head and on physical or metaphorical paper.

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People watch

My creative writing classes have taught me that writing always benefits from real life observations, and people watching is great source material. Plus, it is just fun. It might even make you feel better if your self-esteem is particularly low. Note anything you want-- actions, accents, appearances, locations, etc. If you can’t imagine what’s going on in the people’s lives, make it up. Be as absurd as you want with your observations and ideas. You want the man in a business suit to be a dog from the future? You do you. Of course, you can write something clearly right, too. Either way, record it. I cannot stress this enough, you might forget your shiny new idea in 20 minutes if you don’t have it written down. Good or bad, writing something will help. Plus, your unsuspecting muses will never know! Go wild!

In other words

Go out and write! Explore muses, and obliterate your writer’s block. Keep going, and good luck!