Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

Ten Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

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!

What Causes 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.

Timing

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.

Perfectionism

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?

Deadlines

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.

Fear

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.”

Steps to Overcome Writer’s Block

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.

  1. Step away from your desk. This is one of my favorites. Finding a new place to write unleashes my creative side. Coffee shops, restaurants, a park, even my own backyard are places I escape to in order to refocus on my work.
  2. Get moving and get your creative juices flowing.
  3. Go outside. Breathe in some fresh air while going for a walk or working in the yard. Fresh air gives you a fresh perspective.
  4. Read or listen to music. Sometimes, you simply need to think about something other than your writing to spark an idea.
  5. Yes, that’s right. Take time to write about something else or do a brain dump for your current writing project. Do you have so much to write that you don’t know where to begin? Put your ideas down on paper, organize your thoughts for flow and try writing again.
  6. Take a break. Work on another project for a while and come back to writing later.
  7. Get rid of distractions. Turn off your email or social media notifications. It is hard to resist checking your phone every time you hear the ding of a notification, but your messages will still be there when you are done writing. Check your messages when you are ready for a break.
  8. Try writing a different section of your content.
  9. Turn off the computer. Pull out a pen and paper, and write the old-fashion way. I wrote this blog in a coffee shop using pen and paper.
  10. Get together with friends or family. Have fun. Laugh and relax.

Do you use other methods to overcome writer’s block? Help someone out, and share your tips in the comments.

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