Every writer, whether corporate or freelance, faces periods of a creative dry-spell. No matter what it is you write, whether an article, blog, or full-length novel, everyone has experienced writer’s block. While frustrating, it is inevitable. However, there are some steps that can be taken to minimize the struggle.
- Take a Break This is a simple, and obvious, tip. The majority of the time, writer’s face a creative block because they have been working for too long on one thing. Stepping back for a breather can help you clear your mind and refocus on the task at hand. Do something that takes minimal effort, such as listening to your favorite artist or watching your favorite TV show. The break will let your brain rest and refresh before getting back to work.
- Change Location Sometimes, changing up the scenery is all it takes. Writers often stick themselves in a small room that is quiet and secluded. Instead, seek out somewhere new to work, maybe even outside; a place that can help you begin thinking in a new way. Overall, you know the best environment for you to get work done in, but know it’s not wise to keep doing the same thing and hope for a different outcome.
- Exercise Get up and do something that is good for your mind and body. Writer’s block can be supper stressful, so working off that anger can really clear your mind. You can go on a walk, a run, a bike ride, do some yoga, anything that your heart desires.
- Nap Time People often have really good ideas or notes that come to mind when lying in bed trying to fall asleep, so keeping a journal nearby is handy for jotting down ideas for the next day. If facing writer’s block, lay down for a power nap; you’ll be surprised how many things pop into your head when you’re actually trying to shut your mind off.
- Eat Who doesn’t like having an excuse to stuff their face? Try to find a recipe that you haven’t tried before and then take some time to cook it. After having a delicious, healthy meal, it’ll be easier to focus on your work.
- Call Up a Friend Calling a friend can help distract you from the task at hand, and they can also be inspiration for new ideas. Make a list of three people to call every time you feel stuck. This is also a great excuse to catch up, especially with those who live far away.
- Ask for Help This suggestion can go hand-in-hand with the previous tip. Asking for help should never be viewed in a negative way; everyone needs a little help once in a while. The ideas and work of others may give you inspiration for work of your own. Remember, two heads are better than one; everyone has their own way of thinking, so having a different perspective is useful.
- Review Old Writing Examples If you’re not lucky enough to have people to help you out, then lean on yourself. There’s no better way than going through your past to inspire yourself. Re-read some of your old and favorite pieces of work. It will get you excited and help stimulate creative thinking skills. And if you’re at the beginning of your writing career, go read something of your favorite author or blogger. Their work can be just as helpful as your own.
- Write About Something Else This is especially useful if you’re writing about something that you are disinterested in. Writer’s block is common, but is less common when writing about something you’re passionate about. Take a step back and write about something that interests you. This is just an excuse to get out everything on your mind that is keeping you from getting your job done. This is another reason a journal is valuable, as it can help you express your feelings and thoughts.
Remember, fighting writer’s block is an everyday struggle, and one that every writer will face. Engage in one or more of these recommendations to kick your writer’s block to the curb.