Writer’s block is an excuse. It’s your way of finding a reason not to write, but guess what, you’re not fooling anyone. That’s not to say you won’t ever feel a little stuck, of course, you will. You’ll find yourself feeling like you’re slamming your head into a brick wall and like there’s no way around, over or through it.
You’re not alone. Every writer who has ever worked feels stuck at some point. Feeling stuck is just another piece of the writing process puzzle. That’s why we’ve compiled five true and tried methods to help you come unstuck.
5 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
- Step Away from the Keyboard and Do Anything Creative
We know writing itself is a creative process, but your brain needs the chance to explore other outlets. Step away from whatever you are writing and make a scrapbook, paint, or even build something. Spend time on another creative project for a couple of hours and then head back to your writing. When I’m stuck, I start a mosaic project, listen to my favorite music or just sit down with a book and switch off for a little while. Jumping to other activities activates my creativity. The secret is to keep exercising the creative part of your brain and eventually you’ll find your writing ideas come flowing back.
- Eliminate Distractions
Unplug the internet and turn off your phone. Tidy up your workspace while you’re at it since a cluttered desk can confuse the mind. Next, block off time just for writing. Ask everyone to honor your space so you can write for a couple of hours uninterrupted.
- Write Down Ideas as They Pop Up
Not being able to come up with an idea is a horrible feeling. The best way to overcome this form of writer’s block is to have plenty of ideas ready to go. Ideas pop up when you least expect it, and you should always rush to archive them. Use your smartphone to note ideas, or carry a notebook and pen everywhere you go.
- Be Far Enough Ahead to Work on Whatever You Want
Many writer’s report their writer’s block being a case of feeling stuck while working on a piece of writing. If you have more than one assignment you’re working on, be far enough ahead of your schedule that you can work on the project you feel most inspired by today. If you only have one type of project, try to diversify your writing responsibilities to avoid unnecessary writer’s block and increase your productivity. If you have to, create writing exercises for yourself – be it a blog, poetry, or any other niche you like working on.
- Don’t Dread the Deed
Writer’s block, or rather, writer’s excuses, are too often rooted in fear. You are scared that what you write won’t be good enough. It is a debilitating dread, but you can get past it by not allowing yourself the time to feel insecure. Just sit down and start writing, even if you’re not confident in your abilities. Time spent stalling is far better spent writing, even if you throw that first draft out. You’re probably already at your keyboard, so just get started!
That’s it, no more excuses! You’re at your keyboard right now, so feel free to share your ideas for overcoming writer’s block in the comments below, we look forward to reading them.