Your reminder alarm goes off because you write at the same time every day, but you can’t think of anything to write. Now what?
First, take a look at your surroundings. Are you in an environment that breeds creativity and focus? If not, change it. If you can’t, change your mindset. Having a home office is great but it’s not feasible for everyone. However, you can create a mental space that can provide creativity and focus by learning how to eliminate distractions in your mind and stimulate your brain to think like a writer.
To practice eliminating distractions, try focusing on something with the TV in the background and not pay any attention to the TV. To stimulate your brain to think like a writer, remind yourself of why you are a writer. Don’t doubt yourself, and if you still don’t have confidence in your abilities, then pretend to be someone who can.
If you just don’t feel like writing, follow the three step rule and then end with the stimulation practices mentioned above.
- Imagine your name on the cover of your book (or article or scrolling credits, etc.)
- Ask yourself what a best-selling author would do (or freelance writer or screenwriter, etc.)
As Writers, we have to learn how to fight through laziness and fatigue to get our work done.
Now let’s talk written ways to get bust through writer’s block.
The best way to start writing is to write about writing. You can write about how to write, how much you like writing, how much you don’t want to write right now, etc. Writing is what’s on your mind, so write about that.
Also, while you’re writing about writing, write in different styles. If you normally write short stories, try writing a poem. If you normally write articles, try writing a short story. You can do the same with genres. Try writing a fictional thriller about writing or a nonfiction how-to article instead.
Another option is to write a different way physically. Try downloading a writing app and knocking out a paragraph on your phone. Try writing in the body of an email, on a typewriter, or in a journal. Changing up how you write is just as effective as changing up what you write.
Maybe you need a deadline to help get you motivated? Find a short story, essay or poetry contest that has a deadline for the near future and make that a short-term goal. Reward yourself if you meet that goal and make yourself do something you don’t like if you miss it.
One more thing, remember that brainstorming and outlining is part of the writing process so they count as writing. Don’t discount a good mind map or outline.
Hope this helps you bust through your writer’s block!
Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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