We’ve all been there: no matter how hard you try, the words refuse to flow from your head to the page. The ideas may be there, but you find yourself at a complete loss as to how to translate them into words on the page before you. It’s frustrating and discouraging, especially when your writer’s block lasts several days at a time like mine does occasionally.
Throughout the years I’ve been writing, I’ve discovered a few secrets that help me overcome the begrudged writer’s block when it comes. I hope these tips help you, too.
Open up another blank word document or turn the page of your journal to the next blank sheet and begin free writing. Write about anything and everything; spill your thoughts onto the page, even if your thoughts are jumbled and don’t make any sense. Free writing will stimulate your brain and encourage new ideas to flow more smoothly and fluidly. Once you’ve finished free writing, take a quick break and go back to your story.
Change your environment
For whatever reason, my environment has always had a direct influence over my writing. Over the years, I’ve found that I write best in coffee shops or in my bed with my laptop propped up on a few pillows. Find your comfort zone and write.
Seek your inspiration
Do you remember the scene from the movie The Vow where Leo takes Paige to her art studio for the first time after the accident and begins blasting music, as she always had, to encourage her to have a go at her work? Paige sought creative inspiration from the music blaring, drowning the rest of the world out, leaving only her sculptures in focus. Find your writing muse.
Turn off your phone and disconnect from all social media
Social media can be extremely distracting. Your writing deserves your undivided attention, so when you sit down to write, make sure your phone is turned off and your social media pages are closed. You’ll be able to think clearer and write better.
Take a break and try again tomorrow
Sometimes no matter what you do, you won’t be able to break down the barrier of your writer’s block. In this case, it’s best to step away from your writing and revisit it tomorrow with a fresh perspective. Don’t get frustrated – this happens to the best of us. Tomorrow is a new day. Happy writing!
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