As a writer, I run into writer’s block frequently. Usually it comes when I want my writing to be perfect while at the same time knowing I have a limited amount of time to finish. Though writing may be at times a difficult challenge to overcome, the point is you can overcome it. The key is to use strong methods instead of ones that lead you astray and only delay your writer’s block instead of helping you break through it.
Here are some great methods you can employ whenever writer’s block rears its ugly head:
1. Get Active
Spending hours sitting at your computer silently willing yourself to write will never work. Instead of staring at a blank screen, take a break and head outside. Go for a walk or a bike ride. Do something to get your blood moving. You will be surprised just how easily those creative thoughts will start coming and when you return to your computer to write, your head will be much clearer.
2. Start First Thing in the Morning
When you are stuck on something and don’t know how to finish, leave it overnight and come back to it the next morning refreshed. Start on it first thing in the morning, before you read your emails or check your messages. This proactive approach to writing will help your head stay clear and focused. Save those simple tasks and emails for later in the day so you can avoid muddling your mind with too many thoughts.
3. Use an Outline
It may feel like you are back in high school to make an outline, but those outlines were taught to us for a reason. Take a step back from your writing and make note of the main points you need to cover. This will help break up the writing into smaller, more manageable chunks. As you begin writing again, it will be easier to fill in missing parts instead of staring at a blank screen with no place to start.
4. Take a Nap
Writer’s block has a nasty habit of making an appearance when you are exhausted and haven’t gotten the rest you need. Taking a short nap can help you reset your brain and you will wake up ready and relaxed.
5. Eliminate Distractions
Sometimes you just need to do yourself a favor and unplug. Don’t look at the Internet and turn your phone off. Schedule time to simply write and then get to it without any interruptions. Eliminating distractions will give you time and space to stay focused and wipe out writer’s block.
Start reading articles, posts, and blogs that are outside the circle of ones that you usually go to for help when you are writing. This will help you get a new perspective on what you are writing and it could be a source of just enough inspiration for a new idea of what to write.
7. Just Start Writing
Don’t over think it, just start writing. Usually it’s that very first sentence or paragraph that is the hardest one to get out. So just write it out. Even if it isn’t perfect, it will be just enough to get you started and break your writer’s block. You can come back later to finalize it.