Whether it be a research paper, short essay, blog post, or novel, writer’s block can be a serious pain. It gets in the way of what you are trying to accomplish, and it’s simply frustrating – especially if you have a deadline. Well there’s good news! There are some ways to help you get through it and produce the written work that you desire. Following are 5 tips to help you overcome writer’s block today:
1. Take a break. Step away from whatever you’re working on and do something else. You should take a break for at least a couple of hours. Even if you have to break for a couple of days, that’s okay. It helps if the other thing that you do is something else creative like painting, crocheting, building, etc. This way the creative part of your brain is still being exercised. Once you return to writing you will find that your writer’s flow has been stimulated.
2. Free write. Get some scrap paper and just write. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, or grammar. Just let the thoughts and ideas flow. You may find yourself jumping around from topic to topic, but that’s okay. The main objective here is to just let everything come out on paper the way it wants. Sometimes we hinder ourselves from writing because our brain is too focused on writing “properly” instead of just getting the information out. In this way, everything comes out and you can go back to organize what you’ve written later.
3. Designate a “writing space”. It can be a cozy corner in your home or shaded bench at the park. Finding a nice, quiet place to write is important. It’s important that this place be relaxing and peaceful. Make this a place where no outside distractions are allowed. Turn off TVs and cell phones. The only thing allowed in this space during this time is you and your thoughts and ideas.
4. Daydream. It may seem like a child’s pastime, but daydreaming can be really helpful when you’re stuck with writing. Take 15-30 minutes to just sit and allow your mind to wander. Remember, there are no rules in daydream land so you’re sure to think of new ideas.
5. Read. This is a simple way to overcome writer’s block. Read a book from whatever genre you enjoy. While you don’t want to borrow ideas from the book, reading will spark a train of thought in your mind. You will start to think of different directions the book could’ve taken or how you’ve would’ve written something differently, giving you original ideas for your own writing.
Don’t let writer’s block stop you. Hopefully, the next time you hit a wall you can use one of these tips to get you over the hump. Whatever you do, don’t stop writing!