Last Updated on: February 17th, 2017
Many people suffer from writer’s block. Bloggers, freelancers, and even authors have hit this breaker, which prevents them from moving ahead!
The threat of the blinking cursor or the starkness of the blank page succeeds in scaring off even the most seasoned of writers. You’re no different. Often, the stress is enough to demotivate many, and they end up skipping altogether, waiting until “inspiration” will hit them.
That’s why it’s important to act immediately when inspiration hits you!
In this article, my guest today will discuss writer’s block and provide the 10 best ways for overcoming it.
I hope you try at least some of these tips the next time you are stuck when writing!
What is Writer’s Block?
Writer’s block is an actual condition that has plagued even the greatest and most famed writers (including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Peanuts’ cartoonist Charles Schulz). It happens when you lose your creativity and have the inability to produce new works.
It is usually caused by fear, timing, and perfectionism.
But it can be overcome!
However, the frustration faced by writers is enough to freeze anyone in their tracks and giving up seems an easier option. When you’ve run out of ideas, you’ll no doubt find it difficult to put pen on paper, unsure of how you wish to proceed.
What I usually felt was the need for perfectionism. Everything had to be just perfect on my first attempt, and it was foolish of me to think this way. I wasted so much time running things constantly in my head that I never got around to writing them on paper.
The 10 Best Solutions for Overcoming Writer’s Block
There are many things you can to get your creativity back.
There are also a ton of different things you can do to overcome writer’s block. But here are the best 10 (and proven) ways to overcome it.
1: Use Online Assistance
You can also get in touch with different writers in online communities and also collaborate with them on different projects.
There are also great self-publishing forums which you can go through to get some brilliant inspirations for your own stories.
Websites like The Story Starter help in stimulating introductory sentences to help you carry on after that and many writers find it to be quite helpful, as the introductory sentence is often the hardest to come up with.
2: Use Writing Tools
Other than websites, there are also many tools which are available to get you motivated again. Inspiration alone is nothing with a lack of motivation. Such tools and apps develop a daily writing habit which can help you reach your full potential.
There is also browser extensions like StayFocusd which can block distraction websites like Facebook and Reddit to better manage your time and, as the name indicates, stay focused on your tasks.
3: Use Freewriting (also called Stream-of-Consciousness Writing)
Freewriting is the most common method of tackling your writer’s block, but you have to stay determined and focused to stubbornly continue and rampage ahead. When you freewrite, you need to forget about the use of punctuations, grammar, order, organization, and other such implementations when it comes to writing.
You just have to let your mind run free and write whatever comes out of your fingers, whether it makes sense or not. The free flowing paragraphs you come up with are always great for preliminary writing exercises as they also help get rid of all the junk you have in your head. After that, you’re sure to come up with something creative.
This is one of the most innovative ways for drafting a blog post, too!
Brainstorming involves writing a bunch of ideas down and then organizing them later.
You can brainstorm ideas that you have using bullet points and then elaborate them further. That way, you can write down all the ideas you have, even if they are just keywords and not proper sentences.
Once everything is written down, it’s easier to stretch it out and carry on working and writing.
READ: Stuck For A Topic To Write About? Brainstorm My Way! (And please ignore the bad graphics of the images there!)
Reading is a surefire way to tackle writer’s block. Reading other people’s written works can provide you with inspiration and your own ideas.
An author’s work helps give a clear perspective on things and I also feel admiration that they had enough stamina to carry out the whole thing, and it makes me think that if they can do it, I can do it as well.
6: Write Fanfiction
What I do after I read a novel or watch a movie or anime is think how I could have done things differently, or my own personal opinions on the subject. And, if I’m particularly attached to a series, I also write fanfiction and come up with alternate endings and other scenarios.
Simply “borrowing” someone else’s characters and story settings allows me to better work on my writing and write what I wish could have or should have happened, and how it came to happen. This gets my creative juices flowing and I can easily continue to write my own content.
7: Write Before Sleeping
When I’m done with my day and have no lagging thoughts or any other such tension of impending tasks, I literally get bombarded with many thoughts running in my head, which prevent me from getting any sleep. Because I’m too lazy to write them all, I think about waiting until the next morning to write them all down. And, as expected, I either forget about them or they aren’t coming in as much detail as they were coming just before I went to sleep.
The solution I came up with is writing down all my thoughts and ideas on my iPhone. You can even keep a notebook and a pen on your bedside table. I use my phone because I’m too lazy to turn on the light. I have found it to be more effective and of course, you shouldn’t give special attention to sentence structures, grammar, or spelling. You can just edit that later when you get to work in the morning.
8: Write Your Dreams
Not everyone remembers the dreams they have. But if you just got up, you can still grab remnants of it while it’s fading away. Use that time to jot down the dream you’ve had.
You can fill in all the blank spaces on your own by mere guessing or how you’d have personally desired the outcome. You’re still half-absorbed in your dreams as soon as you get up, so your imagination is also at an all-time high. Your subconscious ideas continue to work as well.
9: Listen to Music
Lyrics to music can also help you to come up with great ideas. Listening to music also helps release stress, helping you soothe your mind. Often, it’s the stress associated with a certain task which throttles your creative spirit and makes you unable to write.
Other than that, you can also use a line from any song lyric as an introductory sentence to a short story, or just something you enjoy writing. You can even create a song-fic, that is, associate a story with a song and create or borrow existing characters. Remember, this is all just to get you to start writing.
10: Go for a Walk
Walking is not only good for your physical well-being, but it helps you clear your head, too.
Walking allows your thoughts to stray and jump-starts your creativity. It also provides you with the time you need to sort out your thoughts and ideas in a coherent manner.
Try it, you’ll see!
Find YOUR Writer’s Block Solution!
The best way to tackle writer’s block is simply by finding any excuse to write. It doesn’t have to be related to your task. You just need to get your creative juices flowing.
But when you’re working on the same niche, you often run out of things you need to say because you have to continue writing the same things over and over again. After all, how many times and how many different ways can you approach the same topic?
I’ve always found it helpful to “warm up” by just continuing to write whatever is in my head and form it into a story. After that, I find it a lot easier to focus on the task at hand. As a fellow writer, I can just wish that these above-mentioned tricks can help you twist your words and create something productive out of them as well.
Have you encountered writer’s block before? How did you deal with it? How did you find your solution for overcoming it? Please share in the comments, and let’s all learn from each other!
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Kendall is an expert academic writer. She is always been interactive and creative in terms of guiding others about international educational programs as well as challenges they face over time. Apart from her job activities, she remains active on the Dissertation Club forum as an academic consultant. Students can also follow her on Google+.