There is nothing worse than working towards a writing deadline and slamming into a brick wall of writer’s block. I have found that writer’s block is a very personal thing, so getting to know yourself, and learning what works for you to help jog you out of a writer’s block funk, is paramount. What works for me, may not work for you. Conversely, what works one time, may not work another. So it is a good idea to have a few strategies in your back pocket that you can pull out when the inevitable writer’s block hits!
Five Strategies To Overcome Writer’s Block
1. Do A Read Through – Take some time to read through what you have already written. This can help reorganize your thinking, and allow you to see places in your writing where you can build, flesh out ideas, or make new connections.
2. Talk It Out – If you are comfortable sharing your work with a friend or family member, talk out your sticking points with them! Getting an outsiders perspective on your work can help identify areas you may need to build on, and may also give you new jumping off points as you share ideas.
3. Have A Snack – Seriously. Take a few minutes, grab something from the fridge, and refuel your body! When choosing this route, I typically find myself reaching for fresh fruit. No rhyme or reason, it just seems to be my go to when I’m looking for an energy boost!
4. Take A Walk – Gain a new perspective! Checking out the scenery and interactions happening in your own neighbourhood may trigger new ideas that you can implement when you make your way back home!
5. Take A Break – Step away from writing altogether. This might seem obvious, but often when we feel trapped by a deadline, taking a break is the furthest thing from our minds. However when we take the time to leave our writing for an extended period, we give ourselves the opportunity to focus on other things, and enjoy what is happening around us. We can come back to our writing with fresh eyes and a new perspective, rather than the frustration we are experiencing sitting and staring at our screens waiting for the magic to happen.
Write about what to do when you have writer’s block. A friend once told me that was exactly what she did when she was working on a deadline and ran straight into a writer’s block wall!
Whether you write professionally, or for personal enjoyment, writer’s block is inevitable. Having a few tried and true strategies on hand to meet it head on can get you out of the block and back into the writer’s chair. Check out my Pinterest Board for a collection of great writer’s tips, and get your writing again! I’d love to know, what are you fave tips for combating writer’s block?
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