How to Overcome Writer’s Block
How to Overcome Writer’s Block in 5 Sure fire Ways!
The idea of needing to overcome writer’s block seems crazy. Especially when you consider the experiences we all face on a daily basis. These experiences are loaded with truth, purpose and relatable situations that readers will lap up. If you tune into who you are and simply start writing from a place of passion, then you will not only be able to lose the thought of feeling stuck, you will be able to break through the wall that holds you back, forever. Read this blog to find out how to eliminate writer’s block from your vocabulary.
The reason many writer’s experience writer’s block in the first place is not just due to a lack of ideas. You could be the person who has embarked on a writing project that doesn’t sit close with who you are or what you stand for. Or, you could have been commissioned to write a romantic trope when you really want to be the next Stephen King. In this instance, you could be at a cross roads, and you may not even be aware that it’s time to try something new The Author Programme. Then again, your writer’s block could stem from a different reason altogether. The point of this article is to teach you how to overcome writer’s block and connect you to your best work yet!
So what will break through these walls of frustration and get those creative juices flowing?
Well, that depends on the type of person you are. I won’t be telling you that you must complete every suggestion on my list of How to Avoid Writer’s Block. No. That would be like saying that every child in the classroom learns exactly the same way – and we all know that’s not true. We each have our own little quirks and idiosyncratic ways of doing things. What will work for one writer’s block may be less effective for another’s. I’m betting that this list will have something for everyone. Let’s dive in and see what will work for you.
5 Sure Fire Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
1) Kick Up Some Leaves, Cover Your Skin in Mud or Let Yourself Fall Into A ‘VERY’ Cold Rock Pool
We’ve all heard it before but there really is something about nature that helps us clear the mind and return to ourselves. What I used to think when someone said ‘nature really helps with Writer’s Block’ was that going into a forest or otherwise would bring on immediate ideas where I would need to have a pen and paper or phone on hand to jot them all down. But this hasn’t been my experience (yet) and it is unfair on nature to expect it to hold the answers to our writing dreams like an enchanted forest holds magic.
What it does do, and this is from experience, and it’s taken me several years of growth to understand this, is that the fresh air, heavy rain, beating sunshine, a lazy river, the wind rustling the leaves at our ears, are all acts of nature that attempt to loosen us of our daily chores, responsibilities, and ‘should-do’, ‘have-to’ and ‘need to’ mentality by activating our senses. Senses that have quite possibly been de-activated at home or work.
In nature is when we should be tuning into the sounds, sights, smells, touches, and tastes of the forest. It is only when we stop expecting a leprechaun to jump out with a bag of gold, and focus on breathing in the fresh scent of pine, and we hear the autumnal sound of leaves crunch beneath our shoes that we can engage with nature in this way. You have the power to awaken yourself from the trudgery of where you’ve come from.
When we awake with our true selves in sight, when we truly feel a sense of just being who we are, this is when we can establish our soul’s desires, our purpose. You may not come from the forest knowing what you want to write about, but perhaps you will know what is it you don’t want to write about. My suggestion to you is to start there. It is amazing the amount of words that can come from knowing what you don’t want to do, and is if by magic, as you progress on this trope of what you don’t want – what you do want will appear… quite possibly as if by magic.
2) Give Yourself Time to Write
Wandering around trying to overcome writer’s block can be daunting, so it’s important not to allow an empty page to instil fear into you. One fool-proof way of getting over the fear of an empty page staying empty is to fill it with questions…
This is a great way of engaging with the writer and indeed the soul of the writer within you. We writers are nothing without our souls. Yet, just like any other human, we have the ability to lose ourselves from time to time. This blank page could be the writing solution you’ve been looking for. Put simply, sometimes your soul needs nourishing just as much as your writing technique. This is something that we either forget or deem less of a priority, but when writer’s block is making you feel stuck in your writing process – then engaging with your soul through a private dialogue could unlock the door to your creative juices flowing in abundance. Now… who wouldn’t want that?
Imagine this for moment. You’re sitting comfortably with your notepad and perfectly sharp HB pencil resting between your fingertips. Just the three of you. Think of your pencil and notepad as your attentive, understanding therapist. The first question just needs to open a conversation between you and your notepad. For example, a person with writer’s block might begin with, ‘What should I write about?’. An answer to this could be ‘Anything you want to.’ The flow of questions and answers can flow effortlessly, and if some questions catch you by surprise, just sit with them for a while until you’re ready to answer them. You may discover some strange questions coming up, and you may find your answers even stranger – but go with it. This is an opportunity to have a conversation with the writer within you and the person you are.
3) Free Write
Free writing is a fantastic tool that allows us to lose our inhibitions as writers. If opening a dialogue between yourself and your notepad isn’t for you, then write down anything that comes to mind. Or if you’re a little braver, write about the thing that you really don’t want to write about. Free writing is a technique that is free of grammar, punctuation or indeed caution. This is when we allow our stream of consciousness to unfold onto the page before us. This can sometimes be more difficult than entering into a dialogue as in point 2. Because when we don’t know what to write, a period of free writing might weigh heavy. If you have actioned the guidance from point 2, you might find free writing a great way to explore your experiences in more depth.
4) Set up a Writing Schedule
If you’re anything like me, you will do anything to avoid actually sitting down to write. Even when you know what you need to write, it can still be hard to begin. Self-motivation and self-discipline are powerful tools. These actually steers us toward our laptops and makes us begin to write. Whether we’re ready or not. Setting up a writing schedule is important. If you want to write a little every day, why not set a timer? As little as 7 minutes each day will have you breaking down barriers and getting back into a writing schedule faster than you might think. And, if writing is causing you to panic, 7 minutes isn’t that big a deal. Small wins are amazingly effective and great confidence boosters.
I know. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I promise you that this can actually help. If you’re not the meditative type, then do not turn away because meditation comes in various forms. Think about all the activities you do where your brain goes on autopilot. I get the best story ideas when I’m driving a car. Some may find walking, running or even rock climbing a way to clear their mind. It is this calming notion that we look for in meditation.
Some of you may love meditation. This can be a wonderful method of tuning into the writer within you. By calming your mind, you have the ability to reach within and discover what’s important to you. Meditation for writing gives you the opportunity to check-in with your spirit self. It enables you to align your writing work to your writing purpose. Light some incense. Listen to gentle music. And get those channels of creativity flowing.
You can discover how to overcome writer’s block with any of these 5 sure fire ways. You can work through them like a checklist to strengthen your writing purpose. If you prefer, you can pick and choose the best for you.
I know one thing for sure, you can and will fill that page again. Believe in yourself.
Your sincere guide,