5 Tips to Help Overcome Writer’s Block

For writers of any type, one of the most common concerns is hitting writer’s block. You know it’s hit you before, and it’ll hit you again.

Fortunately, if you’re ready for it, and know what to do to shake it, you won’t struggle for long, and those deadlines and feelings of despair will start to melt away as soon as you put words to the page.

If you’ve never been afflicted by writer’s block, consider yourself lucky. But rather than worry about when it’ll be your turn to stare at a blank page and feel nothing but frustration and anguish, you can read on below to get some tips to help stop the block before (or even after) it hits.

1. Outline

When the words elude you, consider just getting the bones of a piece on the page. Start with a working title, some working headings, a couple words about what each section will discuss.

Once you have a working outline down on the page, you can start writing around it. Start wherever you feel so inspired. Just keep writing and editing what’s on the page and before you know it you might actually be done (at least with a first draft).

2. Don’t Worry About Creativity, Just Write Technically, or the Action

Like the advice above to start with an outline, if after the outline is done and you are still just struggling to string together sentences, shift your focus to filling in what you can easily. For instance, actions that you know must be taken, or technical descriptions. Once you start getting the words out, usually, it gets easier to find your flow.

3. Take a Break to Clear Your Head

If nothing is working for you, you may need to take a big step back and take a break before you even begin. Take a walk, get some exercise, clean something, have a snack, meditate, nap, or just do whatever it is that you do to clear your head. Then, sit back down and try again with a fresh focus.

4. Re-Read Something Inspirational

If stopping to clear your head didn’t help, you can try finding the last piece of writing, music or art that really inspired you. Then study it. Read, listen, or look at it, over and over again. Try to get back to that feeling of inspiration you remember. Then, as soon as you feel it, get back to writing!

5. Change the Scenery or Mood

For some folks, changing the scenery or mood, can really help with overcoming writer’s block. Find a comfy table at a local café, or library, or maybe just go sit on your porch, or in a different room in your home, or put on some background music. Alternatively, if you’re working on a laptop, consider switching up to a paper and pen, or vice versa.

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