Writer’s block is real but first, you must understand the reason for your failure to be creative. Writer’s block is like a disease that comes creeping when you least expected it. The good thing is that there is a solution and it doesn’t have to be a long process. There are different levels of writer’s block, but it all comes down to one thing; you’re not writing.
There are obvious signs and symptoms of writer’s block and these include losing interest on your topic, procrastinating, leaving ideas, ideas and not writing at all. Not writing at all is the final nail that breaks a writing struggle. Regardless of the situation, the experience can last a day to months and at times become depressing.
When you can’t think of what to write or struggle on how to begin writing, you might be experiencing a writer’s block.
How to Overcome Writer’s Block?
Hack your way through it without beating yourself. Think of the main reason why you even started writing. Think of the moments you were full of energy, ideas and goal to write a very inspiring blog and if it still doesn’t work, you can try these:
Short term writer’s block
- Leave your seat. It’s a struggle when you force yourself to think hard instead of letting the ideas freely come in. It pays to take a walk and refresh your mind. Stop overthinking and get some fresh air. Best if you can go out and buy your favorite drink.
- Remove clutter. My personal experience says this is the best method so far. Whenever I can’t concentrate, I take a break by cleaning the mess around me especially on the table where I work. If you’re writing at home, take a shower, treat writing as your 8-5 job and prepare accordingly.
- Time management. Observe the best time during the day OR night when your mind is usually active and creative. Schedule everything else outside your special time.
- Set your priorities before writing. If you need to do some errands or finish some chores, phone calls, etc., make these things your priorities so when you start writing, you will not worry about doing another thing.
- A dose of caffeine helps. Getting your dose of caffeine for the day helps. It stimulates your brain.
Long-term writer’s block
- Travel. This is the bigger picture of “leaving your seat” remedy. Whether it’s nearby town or out of the country it doesn’t matter. Travel and you will discover some new experience that can rejuvenate your interest in writing.
- Meditate. Meditation is a form of an exercise that calms the mind and body. It invites good vibes and freshens the mind in more ways than the actual physical exercise.
- Strive to be healthy and stay in shape. Being confident about yourself and having no guilty pleasures can just add up to the conditioning of your mind. Think of it as a valuable requirement for writing a beautiful piece.
- Brainstorming lets you realize your priorities. You can do this with a help of a fellow writer and friend or when you’re alone and contemplating on things.
The solution to writer’s block varies and these are just some of the common remedies to it. Follow whatever suits you and you’ll see yourself heading back to the right direction. Have something to add? let me know 😀