Every writer at some point in their writing career has experienced writer’s block. I know I’ve had my fair share where it became impossible to write a single word on the page, which can be a frustrating and demoralising experience.
So here are 10 tips to help you overcome your writer’s block.
Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and just write whatever comes to your mind. Don’t bother with grammar, coherence or structure. Let your mind wander and write whatever you want. This can help to switch up your thinking and break the mental barriers you may have formed on your main project.
2. Change your environment
If you always write in the same space try changing up your scenery and move to a different room, head to a coffee shop or sit outdoors. This is a good way to refresh your mind, get some air and stimulate some creativity in a new space.
3. Set a writing schedule
For some writers establishing a routine for writing (and importantly, sticking to it), can reduce the amount of times you get stuck in a writer’s block. Creating dedicated time for writing can signal to your brain that it’s time to focus and be creative. Like training your body at the gym, train your mind to know when it is time to work out those writing muscles.
Have you been sitting at your computer for hours? Get up and go for a quick walk, jog or even a full workout. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and clear your head. You may just solve your plot hole while running on the treadmill or think of that great final line for chapter nine while doing a loop around the block.
5. Read something inspiring
Reading books by your favourite authors or something in another genre can kickstart inspiration. Expose yourself to different writing styles and perspectives that might help you resolve your writer’s block.
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6. Break it down
Don’t spend hours staring at a blank page. Break down your writing into small, more manageable steps. Focus on completing one section or one paragraph at a time. Before you know it you’ll be further along that you thought.
7. Take a break
Sometimes stepping away from your work for a short period can give your mind the break it needs. Do something unrelated to writing, like listening to music, meditating, or doing a quick mindfulness exercise. A little space can be just what the doctor ordered.
8. Write in a different format
If you’re stuck on a novel, try writing a poem, a short story, or even a blog post. Changing the format can help you approach your ideas from a new angle and reset your thinking by changing up the form.
9. Discuss your ideas
Writing can be an isolating experience. If you’re stuck try talking to a friend or writing partner about your ideas. Verbalising your thoughts can help clarify them and uncover new perspectives. Having a discussion about your project can help you get excited about it once again and make you want to dive right back in to put it to paper.
10. Embrace imperfection
Don’t strive for perfection in your first draft. The first draft is just to get the ideas down on the page. Allow yourself to write poorly or make mistakes; you can always revise and edit later. The goal is to get your ideas on paper. Editing is where you can polish things up, but you can’t do it without first having the words to revise.
Remember, writer’s block is a common challenge, and different strategies work for different people. Experiment with these tips and find what works best for you. If you have your own ways of tackling writer’s block make sure to leave them in the comments!
Until next time,
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