10 Tricks, Tips, And Techniques To Beat Writer’s Block
Writer's block can happen at any time, usually just as you're about to sit down in front of the computer and type your masterpiece. It doesn't matter if you have a five-page personal essay, 10-page short story, or your master's thesis ahead of you; sometimes, the words you put to the page simply don't come together. That's when it's time to take a strategic look at how to get past your writer's block.
Here are 10 helpful ticks and tricks to help you get your writerly engine going again!
10. Unplug for a Little Bit
Instead of distracting yourself by checking social media or reading the news, unplug from your computer for a bit. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and start writing the old-fashioned way. The physical act of putting words to paper actually increases brain power by making more neuronal connections within your brain, so this may foster a more efficient thinking process.
9. Change Your Surroundings
Try to change your surroundings to give your senses something new to interpret. Set up on your back porch, your favorite coffeehouse, the local library or at a friend's house. See if inspiration hits you along the way as you contemplate what to write.
Read for 30 minutes before you even start writing. It doesn't matter what you decide to read, but concepts from another person's perspective may get an idea churning inside your head. Make sure you enjoy the topic you read, whether you delve into the latest news, Shakespeare's sonnets or essays from Stephen Hawking. Inspiration may jump out at you from any source.
7. Do Something Physical
Engage in an activity that has nothing to do with reading or writing. Exercise, take a walk outside, clean up the kitchen, play with your cat or do anything mundane. Instead of staring at a screen or a book, give your body something else to do and get your blood pumping. After this physical activity, sit back down and get ready to write.
6. Start in the Middle
Start in the middle or at the end of your piece instead of the beginning. Go back to your outline, and see what jumps out at you. Start with the most interesting aspect first, and work from there. The rest of the piece should come to you eventually.
5. Find Your Inspiration
Sit back and find inspiration in your workspace. Examine your child's scribbles, the motivational poster on the wall, the representation of a famous piece of art or the wonderful gift your spouse gave you as an anniversary present five years ago. Write down the thoughts and feelings these objects invoke, and see what happens to your writing project.
4. Dive Into The Problem
Problem-solve your writer's block by taking stock of your emotional state. Write down how you feel at that moment, then get to the bottom of those feelings. Why does your writing feel blocked? Do you feel frustrated or angry? Play armchair psychologist, and find out what makes your feelings tick before trying to compose your next piece. Clear your mind of all the clutter — in a logical and rational way — so you can focus on writing.
3. Give Yourself a Deadline
Create a realistic deadline to trick your brain into getting something done. Set a goal of 100 words in 30 minutes, set an alarm clock or a timer, and start your engines. Many people work well under pressure and this can help you find out if you're that type of person.
2. Get Into a Routine
Write at the same time every day, no matter what that time happens to be during your daily routine. Whether you sit at your desk at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., or 8 p.m., get your brain ready to write at the same time of day. People who love routines can get in a groove, tailor daily activities around the most important tasks of the day and clear out schedules to make room for writing.
1. Start a Conversation
Talk to the people around you, such as your spouse, best friend, workout buddy or a co-worker, to see if the light bulb comes on at some point. Discuss any topic, not just the one you're writing about, but don't bring up the fact that you're writing something. Another person's perspective on topics you enjoy can lead to a breakthrough that clears your writer's block. To help you along the way to better writing, read more stories and tips for aspiring writers here.