It’s time I wrote something regarding writer’s block. The bane of all content creators around the world.
Sometimes, the well runs dry. In those situations, it’s hard to create new content. Novelists, songwriters, poets; we all suffer from it. It can leave one clenching their jaw and shaking their head.
But is it preventable?
Join me, friends, because today we’re going to discuss how to overcome writer’s block!
What is Writer’s Block?
Writer’s block is a condition in which a writer will hit a brick wall. Beyond that wall is a well of ideas, yet the writer can’t reach it. The writer doesn’t know what to write about, and so all of their work comes to a grinding halt.
If you have deadlines to meet for clients, it can frustrate. Not only that, but it can demotivate, and for some, it can even be the final blow in their career.
It doesn’t have to be.
How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block — Three Simple Steps
- Take a Break
You heard it right. The first step in overcoming writer’s block is to stop writing. I find, for myself, if my ideas are running dry, taking a break refreshes my brain. It doesn’t have to be a long break, even a short walk will suffice. Either way, as soon as you see the writer’s block wall looming ahead, stop what you’re doing.
When I’m writing, I have this thing I call the sweet spot. It normally occurs in the first 30 minutes of my sessions, and that’s when I get all of my best work done. It’s almost as if I have a unique set of eyes on, where I see things I miss after the window. It’s my favourite time to write and when I struggle, I know I’ve surpassed that sweet spot. With that information, why force myself to carry on if I’m just getting frustrated and not writing like I did in that window? There’s no point. The writing will be bad, it will show in the work, and the pieces I submit will lose quality. It’s more of an investment to stop, take a break, and come in again at a new angle. Which takes us onto the next step.
- Try a new angle.
Imagine this, the writer’s block wall is before you, and you’re ramming your shoulder into it again and again. The wall isn’t budging, but your shoulder is getting bruised. You wouldn’t keep going, would you? You’ve taken your break. It’s time to take a fresh approach. We’re going to navigate the wall, instead of going through it.
This step can vary depending on whether you’re writing fiction, or for a client. If you’re writing a novel — jump ahead a few chapters! There’s no rule saying you must write a novel chronologically. You’ll find by jumping ahead, you might create some paths you can follow back which will knock the wall down in its entirety!
This differentiates a bit for article writing, since sometimes it’s not practical to jump ahead. So what new angles can you take when collating a piece for a client? You could try doing some research! Instead of putting words on paper, why not look at the subject you’re writing about? It can give you a fresh perspective. Or even consider looking at other articles! Compare yourself to the competition and see how you can develop to come out on top of them.
- Try Writing Prompts
I love a good writing prompt.
What are they?
Writing prompts are like call-to-actions, but instead of being for the reader, they’re for you. Someone will set you something to write about and your job is to do just that. Write about it! You can find books filled with writing prompts in superstores, but also a whole slew of them online. Try looking it up now! For fiction, you might get a writing prompt such as, “tell me about a cat chasing a mouse”. For non-fiction, “write about your favourite meal and why”. They’re simple and don’t have to be very long. How do they help with writer’s block?
Imagine a car with no fuel. It won’t run. A writing prompt is fuel. You’re filling yourself up and putting content down on paper. In doing that, you’re going to keep moving. A writing prompt may not bear a relation to your task at hand, but it might give you enough of a drive to break that wall! Below are ten writing prompts I’ve made for you:
- Write about a man who has lost his car keys.
- Write about a little boy who has gone with his parents to the supermarket.
- Write about a family lost at sea.
- Write about a group of pets in a pet-store. Yes, from the pet’s perspective!
- Write about a couple on their first date. What are they feeling?
- What’s your favourite TV show or movie? Why?
- What are your favourite meals to cook? Why?
- Why do you write?
- What gets you out of bed in the morning? What are you thankful for?
- What are you looking forward to?
They’re very simple, but answer them, and see how they develop. Maybe the fiction writing prompts will turn into a short-story. Maybe the non-fiction ones will turn into a review, or a source of inspiration! Try it out and see what happens!
Follow these three simple steps and like that, you’ll get over writer’s block. It’s that easy! When a writer tells me they’re suffering from it, and they use it as an excuse to stop writing , I don’t believe it. Writers block is a problem! Yes, it exists! Yet, like every problem in the world, there’s a solution. Don’t lose to writers block, keep trucking and before you know it, that wall will be dust in the wind.
Thank you for reading! If you try my prompts, be sure to comment on your answers below! Same for if you have your own tips, or scenarios where writing block has really made you suffer! I want to build a community. Let’s do just that!
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