Most writers will have trouble with writer’s block at some point in their lives. Currently, I have a list of ideas that I would like to explore but have been uninspired to write about them. When consulting the internet, I was informed that possible reasons for writer’s block could include fear anxiety, a life change, the end of a project the beginning of a project and well… almost anything. It only leaves us feeling frustrated.
WHAT IS WRITER’S BLOCK?
Writer’s block is the condition of being unable to proceed with writing or the inability to start writing something new. The biggest hurdle is how to overcome it and solve it.
Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with writer’s block. I have compiled a list of suggestions to help you get back in the writing game again…
1. IMPLEMENT A WRITING SCHEDULE
Set aside some time to write and ignore the writer’s block, even if nothing comes right away. Even the busiest person can find 10 minutes a day. I wrote tips previously; Do you find it hard to make time to write your blogs?
2. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
People do not have writer’s block because they cannot write, or are not talented. Ignore the negative thoughts of blame, disbelief and criticism. Blaming yourself will only prolong the anxiety and block your creativity.
3. THINK OF WRITING AS A JOB, NOT A PASS TIME
If we think of ourselves as performing a task for work, it may be more comfortable to sit down and write. You would not refuse to perform a task for your employer, if it was on your to-do list or if it was expected of you. Could you dictate your words, and write them or type them up later?
4. TAKE SOME TIME OFF
Writer’s block could be a sign that your ideas need time. Taking some me time, or time away from the pen or keyboard will give you time to gather new experiences and ideas. Joining a writing group or creative writing class is another good way to jump-start a writing routine.
5. SET DEADLINES AND KEEP TO THEM
Many writers have trouble keeping to deadlines. Find someone to hold you accountable if this helps. It could be another writer, mentor or coach? Knowing that someone is expecting results and with their encouragement could procure results.
6. EXAMINE THE ISSUES BEHIND YOUR WRITER’S BLOCK
Could you write about your anxieties or the matters on your mind? (They do not have to be published.) There are many self-help books and podcasts designed to help creative people explore the root causes of their blocks. You could also study the lives of your favourite writers to give insight into the processes and to see if they have ever experienced or dealt with writer’s block.
7. WORK ON MORE THAN ONE PROJECT AT A TIME
Some writers find it helpful to switch back and forth from one project to another. Whether this minimises fear or boredom, or both, it can help with lack of inspiration or putting too much focus on it.
8. TRY WRITING EXERCISES
As much as it may feel like it is a bit silly, writing exercises can loosen up your mind and get you to write things you never would. If nothing else, they get words on the page. Writing exercises include starting in the middle as beginnings can be hard or writing fan fiction as original plots and characters can take time to form or use a plot generator.
9. RECONSIDER YOUR WRITING SPACE
Where do you write? I typically write in my bed or on the sofa on my laptop in the evening, under a lamp. Is your desk and chair comfortable? Is the room well-lit? Are you comfortable? Could these factors affect your mood? Try a new place in the house, or venue outdoors to a park, coffee shop or library.
10. REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED TO WRITE IN THE FIRST PLACE
Look at what you are writing and why. Are you writing what you love and know about? Or are you trying to write something because you believe you should, or because it is fashionable? If you are not enjoying it, then the reason behind this needs addressing.
KEEP AT IT!
Unfortunately, writer’s block is something that rarely goes away by itself, it needs to be addressed. By arming yourself with knowledge of what has created the writing funk, you will be better equipped to deal with it and meet it head-on.