“You ever felt like there’s this great message you wish to plant down on paperOjex
Yet the words just elude your tongue…
And fly away like birds just uncaged…”
That poem is just an expression of what writer’s block feels like.
It is a situation whereby a writer seems devoid of the technical know-how to craft a master-literate work.
Jump on it!
- Most Common Causes of Writers Block
- Ideas to help you overcome writers block
- 1. Take a walk
- 2. Read other people’s writings
- 3. Visit someone
- 4. Write what you want and not what you are expected to
- 5. Break your writing habit: Write oddly
- 6. Take a shower
- 7. Go traditional with your writing
- 8. Just pour it out
- 9. Steal ideas from other writers
- 10. Clear Distractions around
- 11. Meditate/Yoga!
- 12. Create a reward system for yourself
- 13. Try a prompt
- Inspiring Quotes on Writers’ Block
- More resources you'd enjoy
Most Common Causes of Writers Block
Many times writers fall into a creative blockage because they try to achieve perfection with their written works.
The idea of that story seems so beautiful in your head and mind but when it gets to be put on paper, it’s just not same.
This has halted a lot of written projects. The fact that the author can’t seem to replicate the story in their head unto words on paper.
Sometimes, it’s fear that puts writers in a block and bars writing. The fear to write and get critiqued in a way that they might not like.
Sometimes many writers get so scared of getting published that they actually just never share the ideas they have.
Writing is hard – let no one tell you it is not. It is also enough reason for any natural writer to want to not write when. Even when they should.
Still, postponing to write a work sometimes in the future is what puts many in a block.
And we all procrastinate at different stages, even I struggle with it sometimes too.
Most writers are really good at finding reasons to put off writing.
So much that when they finally decide to take up the challenge, they discover that they just can’t find the words to fit the ideas they had.
Every time you get ready to write, something or someone intrudes your focus.
Social media, a call from a friends or even your favorite games.
Many writers have (temporarily) lost their ability to create great writings because of distractions they face around them.
5. Emotional distress
Sometimes it’s more than just the things we can see or feel. Many times writers feel unable to produce works because they are emotionally down and require psychological help.
Depression is a big issue amidst young people of today and it does inhibit a lot of writers from producing.
Ideas to help you overcome writers block
1. Take a walk
Taking a walk out of your room or within the space is a great way to release the stress that might’ve built up in your system. It frees the brain of the workload that it already has compiled.
While some prefer to just move up and around their workspace, there seems to be a better way than this.
Rather than just sauntering, you can take your time also to have some fun while you are at it.
Join the neighbors in a friendly conversation, talk to the boys about your prediction for next Sunday’s event, pick up the phone and call a friend you’ve not heard from in a while.
So the next time you are working on some amazing content but can’t seem to find the words to put there or just can’t seem to be able to writer what’s on your mind, remember to take a pause. Get up from your writing
position and try coming back to the work after some minutes.
2. Read other people’s writings
Sometimes we are inspired when we see to want to do more.’’
Reading writings from fellow creative writers sometimes motivates us to want to produce our own contents even despite going through the drudgery of writing when you’re in a block.
This is because when we read other people’s contents, we learn a whole lot. Newer ways to structure a phrase, more interesting ways to use a word in a sentence and so much more. This makes us want to try it out too”
So the next time you feel stuck on your writing projects, do not forget to open up a tab one your system and begin looking for articles you’d enjoy to read.
3. Visit someone
Reconnecting with an old friend, or a cousin you’ve missed so much might be the needed inspiration one might need to get their creative juices back up and running.
4. Write what you want and not what you are expected to
In many cases, most writers fall into creative blockage due to the fact that they are being constrained by the kind of work they are supposed to produce or by the opinion of others. This takes a toll on them especially when they are not versed or knowledgeable in such aspects. Such issues results in mental distress and causes a blockage for the writer.
If one tries instead to what they feel like instead of what they should, the fun of doing the task might motivate them to finally get what is needed to complete the original task at hand.
5. Break your writing habit: Write oddly
So many writers tend to form a specific writing habit that best suits them and that is effective to their writing
(whether as a career or a side-thing), but taking a break from ones writing habit might make the difference.
For example, Mr. A is a writer who does his writings at evening but for some reasons, he just can’t seem to be able to get words typed out on his laptop.
Instead of advising Mr. A to pack up his PC to come back to write what he wants the next day; I would rather advice Mr. A to shut his PC down and come back to write it later in the evening.
For some, it is not timing that forms the habit, it may be other activities such as listening to tracks while writing, having a cup of coffee behind you when writing, try changing the coffeed cup to a bottled water. Try changing your writing platform even if it helps. Maybe Microsoft is the norm, take a trip to Google Docs.
It’s understandable that all of these may not make much sense now but they switching a writing habit does help one trip off writer’s block.
6. Take a shower
Have you noticed that many unreleased albums and poems are usually created in the bathroom?
Taking a shower refreshes the body and relaxes the mind as well, it also triggers the brain to solve more
problems and doing this might help you find the next stage in that story you’re trying to write.
7. Go traditional with your writing
To most writers of today, typing with a PC is probably the best and most convenient mode of writing, however going back the traditional/classical pen and paper idea is not bad at all.
If words refuse to come out as typed documents, maybe they will do so as ink on leaflets.
Writing with pen and paper gives this feel that can only be experienced when one does it, it’s more strenuous, yes – but it’s fun too.
8. Just pour it out
To be honest, the best, easiest and fastest method to getting over writers’ block is unfortunately through what most writers try to run away from whenever they are in such blocked pipeline. It is in writing.
Yes, the dreadful and tiresome writing.The easiest method to getting out of your writer’s block is actually in writing. Click To Tweet
Even when writing seems like the most difficult thing to do at this stage, it is the fastest method to getting out of lock.
9. Steal ideas from other writers
Just as reading written works from other writer, you can decide to write contents similar to the work of another. Just take a snip of their concept and try to create something entirely unique in your way.
Do not plagiarize the works of others, this is an offence.
All art is based off of another person’s work, no new work truly is an original concept.
Just as Austin Kleon says “All creative work builds on what came before.”
10. Clear Distractions around
Sometimes the cause of writers’ block is being distracted by people or things surrounding us.
Getting rid of all things distracting around you might be the cure you need to get your brain-game back on.
It starts with that twitch you have with social media, the various games on your phone, the recurring urge to watch Netflix during the time you should be writing.
Note: Meditating works for some and doesn’t for others.
Meditating refers to deeply cogitating on the subject intended to discuss.
Meditating on what’s being written sometimes helps to alleviate the drudgery of writing with a block.
12. Create a reward system for yourself
Sometimes a little motivation might be all you need to get your head back in the right frame.
Promise to gift yourself something nice if you complete a writing target.
Don’t be all mean to yourself, sometimes just get yourself some coffee to jug down after reaching a goal.
Some great writers have this to say about overcoming writers block
13. Try a prompt
A writing prompt usually helps when trying to get off the web of writers’ block.
Online communities for writers usually help out a lot with issue when trying to get over ones.
Most writing communities usually create writing prompts for their audience.
Inspiring Quotes on Writers’ BlockWriting about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”–Charles Bukowski Click To Tweet
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration; the rest of us get up and go to work.” — Stephen King
“My cure for writer’s block? The necessity of earning a living.” — James Ellroy
“I don’t believe in writer’s block. Just pick up a pen and physically write.” — Natalie Goldberg
“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” — Anne Tyler
“Writer’s block is just another name for fear.” — Jacob Nordby
Are there other ways you think people can easily overcome writers block?
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