There is a phase in every writer, where they can’t get themselves to write anything. They fire up their text editor but all they manage to do is stare at the blank screen. They try to getting something down but they can’t manage to summon any words. This phase may stretch for days on end which may be detrimental, especially to writers on deadlines.
For that reason, one needs to know what to do in order to get out of this phase. Luckily, there are some tested and proven ways which can help you get out of this unproductive phase. Here are some of the ways to overcome writer’s block:
- Do something creative
Are you finding yourself lost for words, literally? Well, take a break from writing and embark on activities that require creativity. These include painting portraits, making a scrapbook or if you are handy, making something in the garage. Do this for some hours and you will get your creative juices flowing. This is because the creative part of your brain is still at work. Eventually, you’ll get back into your writing flow.
- Embark on some free writing
If you are clueless on what to write, an effective way to conquer this would be to spend around fifteen minutes writing whatever comes to your mind. It could be your personal experiences mixed with some fiction or simply letting your feelings out. This process will train your brain to get the words in your mind and enable you to get them to your computer. Follow this process for some days before you embark on writing. You could also opt to free write before you write so as to get your thoughts out.
- Get rid of distractions
Distractions around you might be the reason why you are not getting anything done. For that reason, turn off your phone and flee from the internet. You could also clean up you work desk by getting rid of the clutter. You could also ask you friends and family to honor the period when you are writing or simply write when they are in bed. This will enable you to write without any distractions or interruptions.
- Write early in the morning
Writing in the morning is very effective, since your mind is still relaxed from sleep. The stillness in the morning also helps get the creative juices flowing. Another perk to writing in the morning is that most of your family members are still asleep.
- Write before you sleep
When you are stuck on a section of your story, write for 15-20 minutes prior to sleep. As you are in bed awaiting sleep, you will be thinking of the section. The next morning, you will wake up with a solution in mind and you will get back on the horse.
There are plenty more ways to overcome writer’s block and find your muse. However, with the aforementioned ways, be sure to get results. Do you have any tips for overcoming writers block? Share them with me below!