• Six Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

    Six Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

    Writer’s block is not just staring at a blank sheet of paper or computer screen; it takes many different forms. The times when you just cannot think of the right words or have too many ideas going through your head are both considered to be a kind of writer’s block. Of course there is also the all-to-familiar completely blank brain. Whichever form of writer’s block you may have, here are a few tips to overcome it:

    1. Go Outside. Get some fresh air. Breathing in the same stale air for hours at a time can be a major culprit of writer’s block. Stepping outside for a few minutes and breathing in some fresh air allows for more oxygen to get to your brain, which promotes clearer thinking. If possible, sit outside and continue your writing. A change of scenery may also help, but be sure not to be surrounded by distractions.
    2. Prompts. There are tons of writing prompts out there. Spark your creativity by writing something completely different, maybe something silly. This will keep you writing but switch your focus to something different, giving you a break from whatever you are stuck on.
    3. Listen to Music. Music can inspire you. It can heighten your thoughts and emotions while focusing your mind. Whether it is some subtle background music or a full on jam session with your favorite song and your air guitar, it will help to inspire your creativity.
    4. Interact with People. Talking with friends or even strangers and listening to their stories and problems can help inspire you to continue your writing. Children are also great to go to when you’re in need of a little inspiration because of their limitless imaginations. You never know where your next idea will come from.
    5. Read. Anything from reading a few good quotes to reading a part of a novel you love will ground you and your ideas while helping you remember why you fell in love with writing.
    6. When in doubt, Caffeinate! Drinking your favorite caffeinated beverage is a good way to get a burst of energy to get you writing again. Caffeine helps to stimulate the brain. It provides you with energy and allows your brain to focus.

    What are some of your favorite ways to beat writer’s block?

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    Note: This post was written by Kristyn Fetterman.

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