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Ways to Beat the Dreaded Writer’s Block

 

If you’re reading this article, then chances are you’re currently suffering from writer’s block. This is the most common adversary of many writers, and is perhaps the most frustrating aspect to the creative process. Looking for a resolution to this common creative conundrum (don’t you love alliteration? I do) will most likely help you succeed in dissipating that writer’s block cloud and get you back on track with your writing project.

To offer some assistance to this challenging obstacle, I’ve listed a few tried and tested solutions for ridding myself of the dreaded writer’s block. They DO work! Give them a try; you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

1.    If you’ve found yourself staring at a blank page on your computer screen all day, grab a pen and some sticky notes and try to create a basic brainstorming list. Forcing your mind to develop new ideas can often prod it back into productivity.

2.    If you’re fighting fatigue, because you were up late the previous evening getting ideas down, take a break. This might be stating the obvious here, but a lot of writers (including myself) push themselves to the limit, trying to extract every last creative idea out of their head onto the computer. Get out in the fresh air and go for a walk to clear your head. Get a good night’s sleep or, better yet, take a whole day off to allow time for your mind to regenerate.

3.     Try taking your laptop or iPad somewhere else other than the usual place you sit to write. Visit a coffee shop or park for the morning or afternoon (depending on the time of day you like to write). New surroundings may be just what you need to breathe new life into your writing.

4.    Try a sixty second writing exercise. Write down anything that jumps into your head. It doesn’t need to make sense, just get it down on paper. This will help to unclog your brain and get you motivated again. You might even want to make it two minutes or longer (it's up to you).

5.     Pick up a book and read for a while. Gain some inspiration from your favourite book or author. This just might give you the enthusiasm you need to get back in front of your computer.

 

6.     Play some emotive music. Put something on that relates to what you're currently writing. You would be surprised how something as simple as this can help with the writing process by stirring the emotions.

7.    Have a creative wall space (you can buy wall-sized adhesive blackboards that are easily removable) near your desk where you can attach sticky notes with your story/article/book ideas and other things such as pictures or phrases that relate to your writing. Looking at this from time to time will encourage you to continue.

8.    Bounce ideas off family and friends, or even fellow writers. Have a brainstorming session. You know, having someone to work with can often lead to a renewed enthusiasm for your work.

Whether you try a few or all of these suggestions, remember to take care of yourself during the writing process and give yourself the much-needed breaks and creative brainstorming sessions you need to help you beat writer's block.

Good luck! And Happy Writing!

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