Let’s face it. We’ve all been there. Whether we were trying to write a book, website copy, a school paper or even a blog post, we have all faced writer’s block. We sit down at the computer ready to write our story, but our fingers sit idly on the keyboard. We have nothing to write. Our mind is completely blank. Writer’s Block!
Whatever the cause, writer’s block is annoying and problematic especially with a deadline looming in the near future. Knowing what is causing your writer’s block can be the first step in combating it.
Sometimes the timing just isn’t right. Your focus is divided among the many projects you need to get done, and you can’t concentrate on your writing.
You want your words, your story, to be perfect. It needs to sound just right, but what will people think if there are typos and grammar errors (no pressure of that as an editor)? What if my information is incorrect?
Your website copy needs to be in your designer’s hands by the end of the week. Forget writing the content, you are still struggling with what information needs to be included on your website. Deadlines create panic, and panic zaps creativity.
What if no one likes what you write? What if your boss, your client or your readers hate your work? Early in my career, I handled public relations for a large, retail company. I wrote a press release and gave it to the company’s president for approval. He returned it with an X drawn over the entire paper. At the top, he wrote “start over.” Talk about fear-induced writer’s block. I had a tight deadline, and my boss hated my initial writing. I stared at my computer screen for a very, very long time trying to figure out how to “start over.”
Maybe just knowing the cause of your writer’s block will enable you to push through and find your story. If not, here are a few tips to get you writing again.
Do you use other methods to overcome writer’s block? Help someone out, and share your tips in the comments.
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