High School Co-op Student from C.W Jefferys Collegiate Institute
Zainab has talked about having writer’s block before on this blog but surely enough, everyone experiences their own block where they’re stuck and can’t even get started. Starting anything can be a scary process but you need to do something in order to get started.
Freestyle writing is a great way of exercising your brain to get out of that block by letting out all your ideas and emotions. As a singer, I also write my own songs and use freestyling when I’m experiencing writer’s block. In fact, I am doing this right now. There are a couple of ways you can go about this.
A) Freestyle Writing
You can try this exercise when you feel that mental block about starting anything. It doesn’t require any heavy thinking and you will find yourself doing a lot more than you normally would. All you need to do is write whatever you want to write on a piece of paper or in a notebook, whichever one you prefer. Just keep on writing until you think you’re done or until your time is up (if you’re using a timer). For this exercise, Zainab and I challenged each other to see who could write the most in 10 minutes - and this blog post is a result of that friendly competition. The point of this exercise is to stimulate your mind and get your brain active.
B) Record and Rhyme
If you’re looking to help you brainstorm and write something more creative, my brother and I use call the Record and Rhyme challenge. We use it as an exercise to find rhyming words without taking 15 minutes to come up with a single word. It’s a fun way to to clear your mind from all the stress on starting a sentence, whether you’re writing a song or just need a new approach to thinking about your task.
You will need:
- a voice recorder, just in case you miss out a word (you can even use your cell phone to do this)paper/notebook, to write down every word you come up with
- a partner (optional)
- a beat (it could be any beat you like)
- a timer
I prefer to do this exercise with a partner because it’s easier but if you like a little challenge, then you can do it by yourself. After you have gotten everything you need, set the timer on for 60 seconds and have one person record and write down every word you come up with. Remember, every word has to rhyme! When you’re done, do the same for the other person, then see who got the most words that rhyme.
Now that was just the first part of the challenge. Set the timer again for 60 seconds and you both have to write something using those words. The hard part is that the writing piece has to make sense. Whoever finishes first wins!
These exercises can help you who has writer's block and for anyone who needs to take a little break. It would also help with your writing skills and your grammar. Next time you find yourself stuck, try one of these two ways to get your thoughts and emotions moving somewhere where you can see them.