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6 Tips on How to Beat Writer’s Block

Your creative bones are tired, your mind isn’t creating masterpieces, and the frustration is creeping in. The dreaded writer’s block. It can stop any writer dead in their tracks. We know it happens to the majority of writers at one point or another, but is it a real thing or just a fabled myth? No matter the cause or reason, writer’s block can stop you dead in your tracks. But with a little help, you can discover the root of your hurdle and find ways to leap over it.

Writer’s Block: What’s the Deal?

When a writer is somehow inhibited or prevented from proceeding with the project he or she is working on, this is commonly known as writer’s block. The reason for writer’s block and how it presents itself is individual to every writer. Though it is still up for debate whether writer’s block is related to psychology or simply a bump along the road, the struggle is real.

The Causes of Writer’s Block

The creativity and imagination required to be an author can often cause unwanted pressure. Though the frustrations of writer’s block are complex, the causes are typically simple. Here a few reasons why you may experience writer’s block:

  • You have unrealistic expectations about perfection or timeframe
  • You have ideas, but not all of the facts
  • Your fear outweighs creativity
  • You are exhausted, mentally and/or physically
  • You lack structure and/or organization

How to Get Over the Writer’s Block Hurdle

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Writer’s block is experienced by all creative thinkers at one point or another. Developing plots, characters, conflicts, and more, as well as producing the results of your imagination can be daunting for any mind. First, try to find the cause of your individual “block.” This can help you determine the best course of action to take. When you’re ready to conquer the hurdle, take a deep breath and try some of these easy tips.

1. Simply Walk Away

Frustration happens in every area of life. When it comes to your writing project, you should take the same, healthy steps when frustration starts to set in. Forcing yourself to sit in a situation that is causing you frustration will not produce results. Sometimes it is best to simply walk away from the situation, and your writing, for a while. Depending on the extent of your writer’s block, that may mean for a few minutes, days, or even weeks. It can sometimes be beneficial to walk away from your writing and use that creative mind for something else, like building, painting, or making something to help redirect your energy.

2. Try Free Writing

Just because you are experiencing a block, that doesn’t mean you should stop writing altogether. If you need to walk away from your current writing project, writing something else can help kickstart those creative juices. Here are two methods to use your writing to get back in the swing:

  • The “Just Write” Strategy: Coined by famed writer Maya Angelou, this technique may sound silly at first. Writers with writer’s block are still writers. Sit down with a piece of paper and write. Write anything that comes to mind, no overthinking – even if it makes no sense at all. You could be amazed at what you end up with.
  • Timed Writing: Provide yourself with a time frame requirement, whether it be 10 minutes, 20, or 30. With zero distractions, provide yourself with a word-count goal to reach within this timeframe. This will force you to write furiously and quickly, but also with focus and productivity. Everything you walk away with will not be a winner, but each timed session will get better and better.

3. Find a Way to Move Your Body

Exercise and an active lifestyle are preached throughout a wide variety of areas within your life. It is not often referred to in the world of writing, but the benefits of movement can be astounding for your productivity. Whether it’s working out, practicing yoga, or taking a walk around your neighborhood, movement can help slow and balance your mind, putting you into a more naturally relaxed state. When your body and mind are relaxed, your mind is better able to think, create, and stay productive.

4. Search Out the Pros and Experts

Many times as a writer, you may simply come to a fork in the road where you have many ideas, but not enough information to implement them. In this case, seek out the answers you need. Go to professionals, experts, or teachers that can help you understand an idea or specific information. Do research into the settings, periods, and characters used in your writing to provide yourself with better creative fuel. This could mean visiting places for inspiration, immersing yourself in music, art, and fashion within the time period, connecting with your audience, etc., but it can help you to infuse yourself within your writing.

5. Take Your Problems to Your Dreams

The mind is always working and always thinking, even when you close your eyes. Your subconscious is always working for you, even when you are not actively thinking about it. Some writers find that their best ideas come to them in the morning, after first waking up. Try writing for around 15 minutes right before you go to sleep at night. As you drift to sleep, think about the chapter, page, etc. that you were working on. It may surprise you to know what your brain has come up with when you wake in the morning.

6. Find Your Mind’s Peaceful Place

A peaceful mind is a happy and productive mind. Sometimes your brain and creativity become overloaded and need to be reset. Walk away from distractions and immerse yourself in things that calm your mind. Whether it’s music, art, exercise, meditation, reading, hanging out with your friends, or something else, changing your state of mind can help you come back to your writing with a fresh, and less-stressed, focus.

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