Writer’s block is a dreaded foe among many creatives.
It’s like being stuck in traffic with no way out. You want to write something, anything, to finish a chapter of your novel or compose an engaging introduction to a blog article.
You attempt typing expecting something to come out, but it is like writing with a pen without ink, where you wind up scratching the page, almost tearing it.
So you stare at the cursor, feeling frustrated. Yet no matter how hard you try, the blank page mocks your efforts.
Therefore, to assist you in getting out of this creative rut, here are three things you can do to re-ignite your creative juices and get them flowing like Niagara Falls.
1. Avoiding Perfectionism and Practice Boredom
As a writer, we mostly set the bar too high.
You want to be the next or better than Stephen King.
Or you want to write a spine-chilling, heart-pounding, nail-biting thriller that will leave readers gasping for breath.
But, you criticize yourself, get bogged down in details, trying to get the character right or a H2 as engaging as possible.
And in comes writer’s block.
So instead of worrying too much about details, allow imperfection. Focus on progress instead of perfection.
Also, be kind to yourself and practice self-love by remembering that writing is a destination, not a process.
Then, practice boredom.
When you are always busy, trying to beat deadlines or churn out more articles per month to pay your bills, it’s easy to get trapped in the dreaded writer’s block.
Instead, allow your mind to wander; this way, you can generate new ideas. Instead of staying up all night writing set an hour or two where you can sit in absolute silence.
No gadgets, social media, emails, or writing.
Just stay still, and if you can, meditate. This will help you break through your creative barriers.
For example, Robin Sharma, best-selling author of the 5 AM Club, states in his other book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, that 10 minutes of daily meditation will teach the main character, John, how to control his thoughts with a clear mind.
2. Collaborate with Other Writers or Creatives
Another way to overcome writer’s block is to have a different perspective on your writing.
You can achieve this by collaborating with other writers or creatives and creating a community.
The community can help you conquer writer’s block, as shown in the table below:
|How you can use a creative community||Brief description|
|Brainstorming||You can bounce off or generate new ideas that you may not have thought of on your own. You can also share ideas that you previously dismissed and hear what they think about them. One of those suggestions could become your best seller.|
|Joining or forming a writing group||This way, you can share your work with like-minded people, receive feedback, and use this as fuel to get fresh ideas.|
|Accountability||Collaboration brings about support during your writing process that can help motivate you to keep writing and prevent you from getting stuck in a rut. You can even have one of the group members write with you or proofread your work. In the process, you can diversify your creative ventures by doing more than writing, like starting a podcast, course, or masterclass to teach other writers how to tap into their creative juices continuously.|
Remember, collaboration is not competing or outdoing the other creatives.
It’s about helping and building each other up by working together.
This way, you can break through your writer’s block to craft a mind-blowing best-seller book or one of the most shared informative articles online.
3. Try Writing Prompts or Creative Challenges
When you are ready to start writing again, use writing prompts or creative challenges, as they can help you overcome the initial hurdle of coming up with an idea.
Writing prompts can help you tap into your creative juices by enabling you to write the first 100 words, which, when dealing with writer’s block, may help overcome it.
Here are a few writing prompts and challenges you can use:
- Create an outline before working on any story or article
- Look around your room or outside and write a story that involves an object or person.
- Start a journal and write a letter to your younger or older self, offering words of wisdom.
- Describe how a perfect day or life for you would be. Do not leave out any details but be very detailed.
Also, use a timer when writing.
It might help overcome writer’s block and increase productivity.
A timer can help you break your writing into manageable chunks to prevent burnout.
For example, you can use the Pomodoro technique and set a timer for a specific time, like 25 minutes.
Then, gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable with writing for long without staring at a blank page.
Accept and Overcome Writer’s Block
Remember, almost every writer has experienced writer’s block.
Even Brian Tracy, a successful author of 80 books, has shared that he experienced writer’s block before. So, it is nothing to be afraid of, and experiencing writer’s block does not reflect your abilities.
With a bit of creativity and not letting yourself drown in negative thoughts of feeling you are enough, you can get yourself out of the creative rut.
So, be kind to yourself, collaborate with like-minded fellows, embrace boredom, take long walks, or run a half marathon but don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect.
Then, take a deep breath, grab a glass of water, and keep writing.
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