Whether you’re working on a novel, a comic book, or whatever, writer’s block can seem like a colossal, psychological Gordian knot that you have to somehow untie in order to continue writing. Perhaps the best way through it is to do as Caesar did and just hack the damn thing in two. Forgot about writing and just read. Biographies of hubristic historical figures, shock-rock’n rollers, has-been porn stars, from-beyond scientists, antiquarian authors, anarchist outsiders, madman revolutionaries, or the sports star that never was. Anything can free your mind and fill it will a new realm of possibilities. History often offers more unbelievable drama than Hollywood or that mind-blowing television series – just check out Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast for proof (I recommend the multi-episode “The Fall of the Republic” – about Rome, and “Wrath of the Khans” – about Ghenghis Khan and the Mongol Empire to start out). Music is another refuge for the constipated mind.
David Bowie, Big Black, Throbbing Gristle, Nancy Sinatra, Bathory or anything to smash through your muted senses. Delve into some old-school Greek rebetika that fills your mind with melancholic joyful tales of smoking hash, the devil, dancing, drinking, lost love and making music. And you can learn Greek along the way, which will definitely improve your writing. (If you’re serious about the Greek lessons, I recommend “Learn Greek in 25 years”). Anyway, back to breaking through writer’s block. Try out some films: John Woo’s “Hard Boiled”, Wally Shawn’s “My Dinner with Andre”, Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” (or for the more daring, try “Meet the Feebles”), Shane Carruth’s “Primer”, or just a fun classic like “Repo Man.”
Or go all in and read my comic-series epic Satanic Hell. Anything to forget about the tension and open new doors. You can also check out the writer’s block topic on Absolute Write or Jim Zub’s excellent post on Motivation and Writer’s Block. So that’s my plan if when I face that monstrous wall that forbids me to transfer ideas onto digital paper. What’s yours?