Writer’s Block- The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
This happens to even the best writers. I get it when the weather changes. I have been noting it. I have other things that get in the way as well. Like being a procrastibater. I let myself get distracted…
Here are some tips to help with your writer’s block:
1. WALK AWAY
Walking away from your computer, tablet, paper, or notebook can provide the break you are looking for. Staying in the same place will only discourage you more so walk away and give yourself a chance to take the necessary mental break.
2. WRITE SOMETHING ELSE
Sometimes writer’s block occurs because you just don’t enjoy the topic you are writing about so try writing about something else. For example, write about the events of your day, a hobby you enjoy or even just draw some pictures to distract yourself. After this, go back to your original topic with a more refreshed and relaxed mind.
3. READ SOMETHING ELSE
Taking a break from your own writing to read something else may provide a new idea or inspiration for your own writing.
4. MAKE A LIST
Write what you know…make a list of everything you know about the topic you are trying to write about. Creating a list will provide you with new directions and areas to take your story. The list may also provide you with new topics for the future to add to your blog’s editorial calendar.
5. RESEARCH AND LEARN
Go online and research to learn more about your topic…this will give you many new ideas and areas to write about.
6. ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS…AND ANSWER THEM
Ask yourself questions about the topic and then answer them…and answer them as if you were describing it to a child. Sometimes we forget how much we know and neglect to inform our audience.
7. DON’T EDIT…JUST WRITE
Allow yourself to write from a stream of consciousness…write whatever comes to mind and continue to write. You can go back and edit later, just get the words down so you are moving forward and making progress. Remember, good writing means rewriting.
8. TRY WRITING AT AN UNUSUAL TIME
If you typically write during the afternoon, try writing late at night or early in the morning. If it’s usually on the weekend, try it on a week night…you might find that this disruption actually becomes a great creative outlet.
Getting the blood flowing can help get the creative juices flowing. Exercise not only keeps you healthy, it can keep you mentally strong by giving you the needed break to reduce your stress and increase your heart rate.
10. ASK FOR HELP
One of the best ways to get over writer’s block is to ask for help from your family, friends or even online community. Reach out to fellow artists and ask for new ideas or tips for how they deal with writer’s block. Community support is the core of everyone’s success so make sure you ask for help.