There’s nothing worse for a writer than to suffer from writer’s block, that horrible feeling you get when your mind is completely blank and you find it impossible to write a single sentence. Whether you enjoy writing creatively as a hobby, or you need to do lots of writing at work, writer’s block can quickly derail any enjoyment or productivity involved in the writing process. Luckily, there are ways to burst through that stubborn block and feel creative again.
Nowadays it’s easier than ever to get distracted. Our smartphones are constantly at hand, and if you’re writing on a laptop, the internet is just a click away. Writer’s block can sometimes come from our minds getting diverted by these unnecessary distractions. Learn to eliminate the distractions however your can. Disconnect from the internet, clear your desk, turn off your phone, do anything that will help put you in the zone for writing.
Clear Your Thoughts
Sometimes when all you want to do is sit down and write, your mind is a jumbled mess with a thousands different ideas running about at once. That’s when you need to try and clear your head. As this post by Nu Skin explains, you need to “clear your thoughts so your brain is able to foster new ideas.” This can be done by meditating, listening to a piece of classical music, taking care of a completely different task, or taking a nap (but don’t do that at work).
Writing often involves sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen. Lack of body movement can stifle the creative process. To get your blood flowing again, get up from your chair and get moving. Do a little exercise, practice some yoga, or just go walk around outside for a few minutes.
Do Writing Exercises
If nothing is coming to mind about the topic you’re currently writing, try writing about something completely different. It can be about something you did or saw that day, a news story, an object in the room, or something completely nonsensical. Doing some kind of writing exercise can help get the creative juices flowing and into a better writing mindset.
If your own writing has become uninteresting or difficult to do, try reading someone else’s work. Sitting down and reading a book, some poetry, a magazine, or even a newspaper article can help get rid of that writer’s block. Sometimes reading some other material can inspire you to come up with new ideas or simply figure out a way out of your frustrating situation.
Don’t Look For Perfection
Often one of the things preventing us from writing things down is the idea that what we write won’t be good enough. Constantly fretting over mistakes or lack of quality often limits creativity. Even if you think what you’re writing isn’t very good, that shouldn’t make you stop writing. Many times, getting out of that rut requires pushing through the moments when you feel like your writing is poor. Besides, you can always go back over what you’ve already written later to make improvements.
Stick to a Schedule
If you write in your spare time, save a block of time specifically for writing and keep to that commitment. If you write as part of your job, setting deadlines throughout the day for what you want to accomplish can motivate you to get things done. Once your mind gets used to a writing schedule, it will respond when called upon.
Writer’s block can be a discouraging experience, but it can be overcome. Putting some of these suggestions into practice will help out immensely. The more you’re able to do it, the easier it will be for you to handle future instances of writer’s block.