It’s not really surprising that this is my choice of topic today. The past few weeks have been extremely hard for many of us and I wanted to talk about writers block. My days can be up and down (with a lot more down days than you’d expect) but maybe some of my thoughts may help you find comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone.
Its been 8 weeks since I’ve been isolating back at home, in Shropshire. I left university on the 18th of March and what seems like yesterday, I can’t quite believe it has been so long. Weeks tend to be flying by but days can feel much longer. I think you need to start by telling yourself how well you’ve done. Official lockdown has been 7 weeks where we’ve legally had to stay home and that’s a long amount of time. That’s a whole summer holiday! So, well done! Mentally it can take a strain but we’ve done it. I’m not going to lie when I say I thought I’d spend most of my day sleeping or in my pyjamas but its been quite the opposite. I’ve got up and got ready for the day every day, putting on my dresses for the warmer days and I think this is one of the main things thats helped me. I do suggest it if you’re starting to feel the lack of incentive and motivation. This includes putting on perfume and makeup if you feel like it (I know a lot of friends have done this). It tries to make the days more normal and if you feel better, you’re more likely to get things done.
Now, there is definitely no need to feel as though you have to do something every day because that isn’t the case at all. Take time out for yourself as and when you need it. However, I do know that for many people like myself, university and work is still continuing which can be difficult to continue with, considering the circumstances. When it comes to creatives, finding inspiration can be even harder. Again, it’s important to know how many of us are in this together and feeling the same. With blogs and briefs, it’s been a bit harder when stuck in the same location all the time but also to motivate myself to look at art virtually, which can also be a trigger for ideas. Some things such as free writing or going for a run can help but just know it can’t be forced. So don’t feel bad if you’re finding it harder because it’s normal.
Another thing is to give yourself something to look forward to. Whether thats time to bake something, watch a show you enjoy or do some exercise. It’ll help relax your brain and hopefully ideas will come to you naturally. I’ve found cooking and baking every day very therapeutic but I know that it isn’t the case for everyone! These small things will get you through the days you’re needing just a little bit more. Writer’s block is normal and you won’t stay there forever!