How to Break Through Writer’s Block and Accomplish your Writing Goals
Many writers are plagued with something called writer’s block, where putting words on paper seems extremely difficult in certain moments. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s a real nuisance especially for those with a deadline looming over their head.
If you’re currently experiencing writer’s block, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some useful tips you can employ to hammer that block to pieces and achieve your writing goals.
Clear or leave your surroundings
Believe it or not, the condition of your writing environment can affect your concentration and impact the quality of your work. If you’re busy trying to think over the noise of your neighbor’s howling dog or bawling babies, then your brain is being distracted from the story at-hand.
A more focused environment is necessary to aid a free flow of your creative juices. One way to fix your surroundings is to make it writer-friendly. This could mean different things to different writers. One of the key ingredients is to have inspiring objects around that will remind you of your focus and determination when it starts to wander.
This might seem like counterproductive advice, but stressing about writing to the point where your brain fogs will do nothing to beat the block—it’ll probably make it worse.
Perhaps what you need is a couple hours of sound, undisturbed sleep to rest your mind. Stress from writer’s block can also seriously deter efficient writing. Ease up on stress by unwinding with a book from your favorite author, drinking a cup of chamomile tea, or taking a bubble bath.
Not necessarily away from that interesting backstory you are currently struggling with, but taking a temporary break away from writing for a short while can improve your concentration when you return to your beloved fictional or nonfictional characters. Taking a walk can do wonders for a writer, especially in interesting locations like a quiet park. Finding a high intensity working routine that you can look forward to every day will also relieve stress, bump up focus, and give you more energy to focus on writing later on in the day. You can also try doing some fitness exercise using Fitness Expo equipment, which can really be helpful.
Another strategy is to pick up a hobby you love and focus on that for a bit. Painting, for example, is a calming exercise and in those periods when I’m hit in the face by a particularly bulky bit of writer’s block, I take off writing for a while and try to create with paint what I want my characters to look like. By the time I return to the piece of writing, I often have a bunch of fresh ideas to play around with.
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Successful writers know that sometimes you have to start over, and many times stories are left incomplete. Some of the most accomplished writers had to go through piles of unfinished work before they made it.
Certain forms of writer’s blocks stem from a fear of failure or being completely blank about the next direction to take their writing in. Remember that there’s really nothing to lose when you write something you’re not inspired by. Maybe the time spent writing it, but the process of writing always gives a writer new ideas, new discipline, and a new sense of inspiration, even if the story is left unpublished.
When experiencing writer’s block, face it head on and just write. Don’t be afraid to press the backspace key or to toss away some writing you’re unhappy with. In the end you will come out a better writer no matter what.
How do you deal with writer’s block? Let us know in the comments below.