All of us have experienced it at some point in our lives. There is something that needs to be written, whether professional or for sheer pleasure, and the words don’t seem to flow as we would like them to.
As a writer, I can tell you how frustrating it is to sit down by the computer/laptop/notebook, full of enthusiasm and good intentions, only to find that the blank page opposite has declared war against you.
Based on my practical knowledge, I have compiled a series of basic techniques in order to cope with this mental barrier, which will surely make your writing a more pleasing activity in the future:
1. Listen to music while writing. I used to believe that writing should be done in complete silence, and it most cases, a quiet environment can indeed boost our concentration levels. However, if you are blocked on a certain part of your project, it is a good idea to search for music that is closely related to that same topic you are dealing with. I would especially recommend film soundtracks or anything without voice lyrics, but feel free to experiment what works best for you.
2. Take a break. Having a rest and engaging on a different activity can have a very positive impact on your performance. Switching off is all we need to find inspiration and return with a fresher and more positive outlook.
3. Don’t stop to edit every sentence. If you interrupt the course of ideas, it is more likely that you will get stuck at some point. Editing is great, but don’t overdo it, especially if you have just started. It is best to write what pops in your head, let it flow naturally, and edit afterwards. This piece of advice works very well for perfectionists, and you will know if you’re one of them.
4. Go outside. Writing is a very solitary task, which involves a great deal of time indoors. Because of this reason, it might be useful to stop when you feel drained and go outdoors for a short walk. It doesn’t need to be anywhere special or even for a long period of time, just somewhere to disconnect from the monotony of your writing desk. You will most likely find more inspiration from the people and buildings outside than the walls of your bedroom.
5. Not two days are the same. Accepting that some days will be harder than others is vital. Today you may feel discouraged by the lack of productivity, but rest assured that inspiration does come to us all eventually. Be patient and treasure your writing gift.
6. Read a lot. What best way to find inspiration than reading from other authors you admire? Pay close attention to their style, character/setting description, grammar and punctuation. If you aim to make writing your career, learn from those who have succeeded in achieving their dreams.
7. Note your ideas on a notebook. Have you ever watched a film, read a book or experienced something that made you think, “Oh, this definitely could make a good story!” Well, make sure to note it down, otherwise you will most likely forget it. You never know when these great ideas make come in handy.
8. Write every day. If you want to excel in writing, you will have to practice every day. This includes weekends, bank holidays and other events. To make things even more difficult, you may already have a very tight schedule (day job), children or other family commitments. I really need to emphasise how important it is to find time to sit down and write about what inspires you. Practice does make perfection. On the positive side, those previously terrifying writer’s blocks will become part of your daily experiences and won’t be so overwhelming. Definitely worth it!
Do you know of any other writing tips to beat the so-called writer’s block? If that is the case, feel free to share your expert knowledge on the comment section below, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
Big shout-out to all amateur writers as myself who are trying to make their dreams come true in a very competitive industry. Keep up the good work!