Writing is fun, it’s one of the best ways of creating things from obscurity into reality. That said, even some of the very best writers in the business will experience writer’s block.
It’s not only experienced writers who suffer from writer’s block, but also inexperienced and novice writers who are new to online writing.
For example, when I started out writing for the web many years ago. On many occasions, I sat down to write with great ideas in my head, but I just couldn’t put them on paper.
And that’s what we call writer’s block. So, without further ado, here are a few simple tips to stop writer’s block:
Set a regular writing schedule
we have busy lives, but if you aspire to become a good writer you need to practice. It’s like an athlete preparing for a race with the sole intention of becoming the very best; practice makes it happen.
Find a quiet place and meditate
At times you may need to move away from the computer and go meditate for a while. Unwind, relax, inhale, exhale, and think about something other than writing. This has worked for me in the past, and I have no doubt it will work for you.
Ask for help
You can ask a friend, family member, or another writer for some pointers, a different perspective may be what you need to ignite your creative flame again.
Reading other people’s work
This is a good exercise for new writers, there is an infinite supply of seasoned writers everywhere, read their work and glean as much as you can. I can’t help but reiterate this point, doing this has greatly improved my writing, and I’m sure it will do the same for you.
Write about anything
One of the more common mistakes that new writers make is the mindset of specialization (writing with a specialized view). The problem with this mindset is that it limits your creativity. You will never know how creative you are at writing until you begin to explore beyond your borders.
Switch off the computer and find a pen and paper
Sitting at the computer can be very overwhelming if not distracting, it’s important to focus when writing, writing on paper may eliminate some of the distractions on your computer and heighten your focus.
Write about whatsoever that comes to mind. it doesn’t matter if you are scripting a draft for publication or simply “freewriting,” the idea is to start writing.
Take a break
I don’t know about you, but at times just looking at my computer and knowing that I haven’t written anything is overwhelming. However, taking a break is the best thing to do when this happens.
The thought behind these tips to help you stop writer’s block is to get you to act, to write more. Writing is a cognitive function, and almost all these tips are linked to writing or thinking. If practiced often, your mind will soon consider writing as a daily routine. Just like how walking is normal, and it doesn’t require you to think before you start. Likewise writing would eventually become second nature, and you wouldn’t need to think about it to begin writing.
Furthermore, if I may add, writer’s block is linked to several adverse health conditions that if not addressed quickly may lead to serious health issues. I’m not a medical doctor, but I’d recommend you find a health professional if you believe that you have a serious case of writer’s block. Here are a few common signs that you may be seriously struggling with writer’s block:
Any form of stress will result in the brain being robbed of its creative ability. Writing is a cognitive function, so your ability to think and to gather your thoughts is affected when you are stressed.
Most of the time, the only thing we think about in our depressed state is how frustrated we are and can’t get anything done.
Fatigue does not only affect us mentally but physically also. Writing takes time, it’s demanding on the body which slows down our ability to think and process information quickly. A few hours of good rest may sometimes be what the body needs.
Fear of Rejection
Writing by itself is challenging let alone writing with a fear of rejection. Writing with any form of fear is extremely difficult. Even words you’re familiar with may take an eternity to type.
Too much sleep or lack of sleep can reduce your cognitive ability to think and write.
The thought behind these suggestions is to get you out of the writer’s block, to get started. Writing is a cognitive function so almost all these tips are linked to writing or thinking. If practiced rigorously the mind will soon consider writing to be a daily routine, eating is normal for most of us, we don’t have to think about it, it just happens by default.