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smiley02.gif posted on 6-6-2007 at 12:03 PM
writer's block and depression


alright, apparently writer's block can be intensified by depression.
Is there any kind of quick pick-me-ups that yall know of that can make the depression disappear for a bit so I can finish my current novel?:-/




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[*] posted on 6-6-2007 at 04:01 PM


Mmm.... music. For me, it's definitely music. I made a playlist specifically named "Cheer Up!" and the songs on it either make me laugh, have pick-me-up lyrics or a pick-me-up tune, or have fond memories associated with them.

MIKA is definitely a cheer-inducing musical artist. Lollipop, Love Today, Grace Kelly, etc. etc. This is one such cheer up mix I made, and while the link isn't active anymore, I could reupload it (I won't be able to do it until I get home from work around 8:30 though).




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[*] posted on 6-6-2007 at 04:11 PM


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Mmm.... music. For me, it's definitely music. I made a playlist specifically named "Cheer Up!" and the songs on it either make me laugh, have pick-me-up lyrics or a pick-me-up tune, or have fond memories associated with them.

MIKA is definitely a cheer-inducing musical artist. Lollipop, Love Today, Grace Kelly, etc. etc. This is one such cheer up mix I made, and while the link isn't active anymore, I could reupload it (I won't be able to do it until I get home from work around 8:30 though).


That's a great Idea!
I'll go home tonight and get a nice romantic, cheerful set of music together to write my Script Frenzy romantic comedy! YAY! Thanks for the idea! :D




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[*] posted on 6-6-2007 at 07:09 PM


I find that exercise can help. Or just doing anything outside. Change of scenery or something, and sunlight tends to make me feel better.

Drawing can sometimes help, too.

For me it's a matter of finding some way to release the emotions that are blocking me.




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[*] posted on 6-6-2007 at 08:41 PM


Good luck! :D



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[*] posted on 6-6-2007 at 09:11 PM


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I find that exercise can help. Or just doing anything outside. Change of scenery or something, and sunlight tends to make me feel better.


Yes, I so totally agree!

Exercise helps you overcome ANYTHING in my opinion, not just getting over writer's block. Seriously, it takes your mind away from your worries, you become healthier, etc. You just have to find an exercise that you love to do. For me, that's running.

Although I usually exercise to take my mind AWAY from things, sometimes on my runs I like to think about things as well... it helps me get ideas, think of a solution, or whatever the problem may be that I'm having.




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[*] posted on 6-7-2007 at 08:13 PM


watch Little Miss Sunshine

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play with an animal / child

talk to a plant

dance / sing in the shower




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[*] posted on 6-7-2007 at 11:43 PM


I didn't mention this right away because you were after something quick, but I think it's worth putting out there for anyone who's interested.

If you're willing to stick to something for the long haul (12 weeks), there's a great book called The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron that's got readings and exercises and stuff to help you deal with the blocks, instead of just pushing them aside for a little while. I can say from experience that it really helps.

Anyway, just something to keep in mind, if not for now then maybe later. :)




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[*] posted on 6-15-2007 at 12:19 PM


A change of writing location sometimes freshens things up especially if you take a pad of paper to a bench in the park in the sunshine. :angry:

It never hurts to remind yourself of your good points and achievements before you sit down to write, either.
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[*] posted on 6-18-2007 at 04:24 PM


I often use aromatherapy to lift my depression before I write. Lemon or lavender oil either on yourself or in the room can make a profound difference in one's mood.

Although changing scenery is another good suggestion I use from time to time, either by going for a short walk or taking my pad and pencil outside under a tree for a bit.

If you find affirmations helpful, you might try that before you write as well.




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[*] posted on 6-26-2007 at 11:07 PM


Quote:
Originally posted by sheenadawn
alright, apparently writer's block can be intensified by depression.
Is there any kind of quick pick-me-ups that yall know of that can make the depression disappear for a bit so I can finish my current novel?:-/



I could suggest reading this book called 'A Secret Sadness: the hidden relationship patterns that make women depressed' by Valerie E. Whiffen, Ph. D.
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I have yet to read it but I borrowed it from the public library today. It interested me and hopefully, it can help me examine my little down moments or help my friends' down moments.
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It's only a suggestion though. *wave*
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[*] posted on 7-1-2007 at 10:12 AM


Some of the ideas are pretty good; and they'll probably keep me going through the next twenty days.

I might go out for a walk in a bit.

One of my suggestions is to go away and have a cold drink, and then come back in fifteen minutes or so.

I tend to go for that, because its a quick solution, and its just a temporary change of scenery.

Showers are always a good thing, too. You have chance to organise your thoughts. Plus, you can write in condensation, if that helps (it just won't last long.)
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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 10:55 AM


I agree music can definately lift my moods.

I also love going to the park and just playing on the swings and other equipment it really helps clear my mind.

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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 11:09 AM


While the swing idea might not be the best idea for everyone, going to a place that calms you is a good idea. If I had a time machine this month, I'd go to Barnes and Noble on Christmas Eve for a few minutes a day...don't ask why; I just find that kind of atmosphere soothing for some reason. :P
Music is a good way to eliminate both depression AND writer's block. Anything from an epic movie, fantasy or not, helps me get in the mood. There are a few popular artists that help as well (The FRAY!!!!!!!), but nothing beats John Williams or Puccini (o_0) when I'm in a rut, in writing or emotionally.
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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 06:30 PM


Read a fairy tale. I find that worked for me the one time. But then it sprouted off all kinds of ideas that weren't linked to my plot



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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 07:02 PM


Well, I've heard that most writers, especially the good ones, are depressed. A lot. Comes from thinking too much, I think.

Oh, crap.




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[*] posted on 7-8-2007 at 03:36 PM


I wish I could do most of those. The chance of scenery and the cold drink (particularly a soda) would be nice.

Also, it may be along the lines of I-Feel-Guilty-For-Writing-This-So-I'm-Blocking-Myself




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