Writing might be what I do for a living but I suffer from Writer’s Block as much as the next person.
There are days when, no matter how hard I try, I struggle to write a hundred words if any and once that kind of creative slump hits, it can be pretty hard to shift.
So many of us write in some form on a daily basis though, even if it’s just a caption on Instagram, which means we don’t always have time to sit around and wait for it to pass. That’s why I’ve put together a list of the things I’ve found help me to overcome it.
I was always, always taught to read to improve my writing and it’s something that can definitely help shake off the Writer’s Block blues. There’s nothing quite like a blog post or article to inspire you and get you out of a creative funk.
Making a plan
That feeling when the words are flowing and you’re not really even thinking about them is great. When it’s not, making a plan could help. Setting out a beginning, middle and end to your piece might seem like a secondary school throwback but it’ll help you see your final destination and the steps you need to take to get there. After that, take them one at a time.
I know, that’s exactly why you’re reading this because you can’t. Just write something though. What you’re planning for dinner, how much your colleague irritated you today, a list of things you need to do this week – it can literally be anything. The process of writing itself has freed me up no end of times just as soon as I’ve stopped overthinking exactly what it is I want to write and made a start.
Taking a break
If you’re so stuck that you can’t even do that, do the opposite. I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent staring at my screen only to take a break for a couple of hours, come back and have the exact words I was looking for come flooding out.
Pouring a drink
Now I’m not condoning binge drinking and writing despite my University lecturer doing just that for 3 years but having a couple of drinks is a really great way to loosen up. You’ll care far less about what’s coming out on the page after a tipple I promise and, more often than not, end up with a piece of writing that’s far less forced and much more ‘you’.
Going back to basics
Put pen to paper instead of fingertips to keyboard for a change and see what happens. Sometimes it takes switching up the process involved to get a different perspective on whatever it is you’re stuck on. Your eyes will thank you for less screen time too.
Asking a friend
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, fellow creative friends are a godsend. They share the same creativity you do but usually in a different way which makes them ideal people to call on for a fresh perspective.
Do you have any tips for overcoming Writer’s Block? Comment below.