Writers Block, Writing Tips

Conquer Writer's Block and Keep On Writing

There comes a time in every writer’s career when inspiration falls short, frustration sets in, and the words just don’t appear. The blank, white page and the taunting, blinking cursor seem intimidating — as if someone has just flipped the timer and you are watching the sand fall. There are a number of reasons writers experience writer’s block as well as a number of solutions to help you overcome it (Click to Tweet).

Keep Writing.

Let your fingers move and type whatever comes to mind. Allow the roaming of your thoughts for anything that strikes a chord or inspires you in a particular direction. Just keep writing. It doesn’t have to be grammatically sound or even have proper flow — just continuous thoughts. If nothing else, you have something real and workable with a possible course of action.

A Writing Schedule.

Implement a writing routine. Whether you prefer morning, afternoon or evening, set a specific time in which you will devote to writing each day. Ignore the idea of writer’s block and show up to write. It may take a moment to begin and you may write about something other than what you sat down for, but you are writing. When you look at that page the same time and place every day, eventually your muse will accompany you.

Writing IS a Job.

When you sit down to write, sit down with the state of mind that you are physically working. View writing more as working at a regular job and less as art. Your intentional thoughts of going to work will help to lift the creative pressure carried as an artist of words.

Build an Outline.

Think about your writing project and break down your idea into smaller segments — whether it’s ideas of possible chapters or, on a larger scale, the beginning, middle and end to your work. Recognize your starting point, where you are headed, and how your ending will compliment the rest of your book. Your outline will provide clarity and help develop a rhythm to the progression of your events as well as open new possibilities for your book.

Give Yourself Deadlines.

Keep yourself on track by having realistic expectations for yourself. You may do this solely or with a writing partner to help encourage and hold you to the dates. Deadlines will help to keep you writing as well as establish goals for a completion date of a chapter, section or your entire book.

Double Up.

Whether it keeps things interesting or allows your creativity to flourish in one area while the other is blocked, some writers find it helpful to work on more than on project at a time.

Exercise Your Writing.

Writing prompts get you writing — and writing about things you may have never thought to write about. They not only creatively open your mind, but work to sharpen your skills and develop your author voice and style.

Remember Why You Write.

Look at your current project. Is it a topic reflective of you and a common love you share? Or are you writing out of duty? In the end, it is the writing you have passion for that readers will intuitively connect with. And it is those pieces that will differentiate your name as an author.

Take Time Off After Completion.

Congratulate yourself and relax your mind once you have completed your project. Give yourself time to lay idle and regenerate ideas and inspiration. Thoroughly enjoy soaking in the sensation of your accomplishment.

People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because as writers, we experience moments of being overcritical (Click to Tweet). Remember that you can always go back and adjust your work once you have a fresh perspective. For now, just write.

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