Writer’s block. If you’re a writer, then you’ve been there. I guarantee it. Over and over and over again, you’ve stared blankly at the page in front of you, absolutely clueless about what to write. But what causes writer’s block and what can you do to stop it? Well, that’s something that I’m still trying to figure out. If you have it all figured out, please let me know! Today, I’ve come up with 3 ways to prevent writer’s block, but I’m sure there are a million more!
Let’s be honest, it’s HARD being a writer sometimes. Whether you are writing papers for college, running a blog, freelancing, writing a novel, etc. it’s going to be h.a.r.d.
Sometimes, you’ll be writing like a crazy person. 1,000 words in 15 minutes? No problem! That’s a piece of cake! Other times…… There’s just no way. Maybe you have no time, no inspiration, no ideas, just NOTHING. So when you slam into a brick wall, how do you get up and find the inspiration to keep writing? Well, one step at a time. And when writer’s block slams you and all else fails…… Then you write a post about writer’s block and act like you’ve got it all figured out 😉 So without further ado, here are the top 3 ways that I chase away writer’s block:
Read, Read, Read
You know the saying, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup?’ Well believe it or not, that saying applies to your writing! If you want writing and creating to come naturally, you need to constantly be reading, learning, and finding new ideas.
The good news is, it doesn’t really take much to be inspired! In fact, inspiration usually comes from the simplest things. A word, a glance, a thought, a conversation from 5 years ago, a picture someone showed you, etc. If you aren’t feeling very inspired as a writer, just start looking around! Grab an empty sheet of paper, walk around your house, and jot down as many ideas as you can in 10 or 15 minutes. You’d be surprised at all of the ideas you can come up with when you are intentionally brainstorming!
Just Keep Writing
If you are writing for work, it can get old pretty fast. Try some creative writing to rekindle your inspiration and love for writing! Writing doesn’t have to get boring! Go write something unexpected and out of your ordinary writing. For example:
- Journal Writing
- Prompt Writing
- Short Story Writing
- Guest Post Writing
- Social Media Marketing Writing
Do whatever it takes to get your love of writing rekindled again! For me, that “something” is creative writing. I absolutely love creative writing. In fact, I was WELL on my way to writing an entire book, before I made the change to business blogging. If I ever give up on this blog, it’s just because I’m ready to get my book finished 😉 Actually, now that I’m thinking about it…… I could have had that finished months ago if I hadn’t made the switch to business blogging…. Hmm, I’ll have to get on top of that!
When it comes time to get back to the “work” writing, keep it simple! Figure out what keeps you focused and keeps the creativity flowing. Do you write better inside? Outside? At home? In a coffee shop? A library? With music playing? In total silence? On a strict schedule? Impromptu? Figure out where, when, and how you write best, and get to it!
Take A Breather
Even though it’s important to be dedicated and consistent, sometimes you just need to take a step back! It’s okay to take a break. Don’t wear yourself absolutely ragged. If you need a break, figure out how to make it happen. Maybe you just need a night out with your friends, maybe you need a quiet evening with tea and a good book, maybe you need to go on a crazy adventure or climb a mountain. You don’t have to take breaks for months on end. (In fact, I wouldn’t recommend it. Just like everything else, writing gets better with consistent practice.) Learn how to take intentional breaks. When your are being intentional with your days off and breaks, I.e. not getting distracted by work writing, even a single day will be extremely refreshing and energizing.
There will come a time when your work needs done, and it needs done, NOW. When you are on a deadline, you don’t have the opportunity to take a week or two off. So what do you do when you sit down to write and……….. nothing flows? Do you write in circles? Write and re-write? Spend hours writing things that will soon be deleted?
My suggestion is, get up and move. It doesnt have to take long. Don’t worry about wasting time. By taking a quick break, you will come back energized and actually be productive, instead of staring blankly at the empty page! Go for a run, do a quick workout, go weed your flower garden, Just get up and do something. Anything that will get your blood flowing and fresh air in your lungs!
At the end of the day, if you can write, that’s an amazing gift!
Just think about it for a moment…… You can sit down in front of a total blank canvas, and write about anything. You can create an entire world from a blank sheet of paper. That’s pretty amazing! You have the ability to use your words to teach, encourage, inspire, share, and connect with others. You have the ability to create something beautiful from a blank slate. That’s an amazing thing! Whether you are a freelance writer, a business blogger, or an author, you have so many amazing opportunities! Don’t take them for granted. You are writing for a reason!
So now I want to hear from YOU! Have you ever struggled with writer’s block? How do you overcome & prevent it? I would love to hear your thoughts down below!