BEATING WRITERS BLOCK- A SHORT GUIDE

Monday, April 20, 2020


Every writer has experienced and can relate to the term 'writer's block' and I'm sure it looks the same for a lot of us. Staring at a blank page, procrastination just to avoid the frustration of it or typing something out just to get started and shaking your head with every key you push. It's easy to put things off and wait for the next creativity spell to be cast over you but sometimes we have deadlines, we have things we want to get done for our own motives and sometimes you need a quick fix. So, how do you kickstart your creativity?

TURN TO OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD
Musicians experience the feeling of hitting that creative wall and I've heard many stories of creators locking themselves away and listening to other performer's music on repeat and doing little else. Although I'm not advising you to lock yourself away and read blog posts all day, I definitely think we can take some inspiration and lessons from looking at people within our field of work. I find that after reading a good blog post, I'm inspired to create something myself. If possible, try to forget about what's at hand and focus on taking in as much content from other people. Inspiration sparks from unknown places and forcing it might just not work.

SCRIBBLE IDEAS ON A PAGE
One of the worst feelings is watching your cursor flashing. Waiting for you to write something- anything! In some ways, the first words are the hardest to get down. Scribbling some different ideas on a page might help in this instance. Write down different scenarios for your character or outcomes of your blog post and maybe even create a mindmap of different ideas.

LOOK AT OTHER FORMS OF MEDIA
If turning to those in your field doesn't help, maybe try consuming other forms of media or pursue another creative endeavor to get out of your head for a while. Try reading articles in your favourite magazine, watching a movie, listening to some good music, read some poems or even turn your hand to some craftwork or colouring in.

TAKE SOME TIME OUT
Even if there's a deadline for your piece of work, taking even 5 minutes away from your screen or notepad can be enough to allow you to come back with a fresh pair of eyes and critique the work you've already done and thus inspire you to continue writing. If I'm feeling writer's block has hit me particularly hard I like to meditate for a while so that I can start afresh with my writing. Scrapping what we've already put down on paper can sound counterproductive but if the old way doesn't inspire us, maybe it's time to change things up.

If all else fails, stick the kettle on, load a TED talk like this one.

What do you like to do to kick start your creativity?

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  1. So true. Sometimes, I have these types of the day and going out or just clear my mind really helps me. Nice post.

    Have a nice day
    Lucie www.inbluebox.com

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    1. Hey Lucie! Definitely agree. Staring at your computer for hours without any fresh air can sure make you brain dead, I'm sure haha!

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  2. Staring at an empty page is literally the worst! Definitely experienced that before! Great tips!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. You're so right haha, glad this could help!

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  3. I recently went through a writer's block, and what helped me get out of it was actually talking to other bloggers about it! Pinterest helps a lot with ideas, too.

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    1. Definitely a great idea, I'm glad you've been able to find ways to get yourself out of it. Safe to say it's the bane of any writers existence!

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  4. This is brilliant advice, thanks for sharing! I also think that taking some time away to do something different can spark inspiration. There is nothing more frustrating that staring at a blank screen/page and feeling stuck. Meditation is a great idea too, thank you for sharing! Have a lovely week <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Hey Bexa, thanks for reading. I'm glad you were able to take something away from this. Taking a step back definitely helps, for sure!

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  5. I'm currently going through a writer's block. For the last 4 months, I have consistently written 1 to 2 posts a week but right now I'm struggling. One thing that I have been neglecting to do but plan to restart today is write out 5 blog post titles that could potentially be a post in the future.

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    1. Not sure why I'm showing as unknown but I'm Shana from Can I Go to Mars Now?

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  6. Brilliant advice!

    I have a notebook full of ideas, when I am struggling I head to Pinterest.

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    1. I still cannot seem to get the hang of Pinterest. I hear it's a great source of inspiration for a lot of people. Maybe I need to put more time into exploring this.

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  7. Mark Crone24 April, 2020

    Great points and ideas. We all suffer from writers block at some point. I break up my routine - grab a coffee, go for a walk - do something different, take a break and try to clear my mind. Even come back the next day if I’m not feeling it. Thanks for sharing,

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    1. Definitely seems as though we all deal with it in the same way which is nice to know! Thanks for reading!

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  8. Jaya Avendel24 April, 2020

    Scribble ideas on a page!
    I love that; nothing gets my juices flowing more then brainstorming and I have found if I save the scribble pages, I often have a host of ideas to come back to later.

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    1. Absolutely! Great point. Many a story have come from silly rambles on a page haha

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  9. Tunrayo Adigun24 April, 2020

    Scribble ideas and taking some time out is definitely what I do. I find taking some time out really effective for me especially going for a walk, talking to a friend, pacing in my room or watching a movie. It makes me refresh and keeps me going. Thank you for your ideas.

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    1. 1000% agree, it's a great way to get those creative juices flowing again. Thanks for reading!

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  10. These are some great ideas! I often find that when I'm catching up on reading everyone's blog posts it makes me really inspired for my own. I did almost walk into a lamppost trying to scribble down an idea once though, aha!

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    1. You're kidding?! That's so funny. Writers gotta do what they gotta do I suppose. Amazing.

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  11. I thought I was for sure the only one who still turned to scribbling ideas down! Sometimes closing the computer and sitting outside with a notebook it the only way things will flow! Great read!

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