Writer’s block is one of the most vexing and disheartening dilemmas that any writer can face.
Writer’s block is one of the most vexing and disheartening dilemmas that any writer can face. Whether you are a self-published author with dreams of writing the next bestseller, or a famous writer looking for their next idea, writer’s block can strike everyone.
Try Free Writing
Your typical approach may be to use a laptop computer, a desktop computer, or even a typewriter. However, writing longhand can help get your creativity going, especially if you are unsure of how to begin or continue your latest writing project. Give at least fifteen minutes to a part of your day where you put your pen to paper and allow words to come out without any judgment of what happens next. You might be surprised by the results. This technique works whether you are working on a book, an academic essay, or an online article.
Change Your Writing Routine
It’s easy to settle into a writing routine that works best for you. However, after awhile the sameness of your routine may lead you to develop writer’s block. If you’re an early riser, you might prefer to write an hour or two before the sun rises, then get up to face the rest of the day. However, it’s equally likely to be a night owl, where you do your best work late at night. Try changing your writing routine to the opposite time of day and see where that leads you.
Take a Break
You’re bound to have other hobbies and interests than writing, even if writing is your life’s work and the basis of your income. Take a break by pursuing one of your other interests.
Enhance Your Focus
With the advent of the Internet making research easier, it’s easy to be sidetracked by lack of focus. This lack of focus could be the true culprit to blame for your writer’s block. If that is the case, then the solution is to enhance your focus. Organize your desk and attempt to write when no one else in your family is home, or when they are all asleep. Putting your smartphone on do not disturb mode is another great way to minimize potential distractions or the temptation to look at your phone instead of concentrating on the task at hand.
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