Writer’s block has probably existed since the discovery of writing. Every writer has experienced that frustration and dissatisfaction at least once in their course of writing. (Read my article on why writer’s block happens). However, this does not signify that the writer will never be able to resume his work or will lose the dynamics of his skill and work.
Writer’s block is a very frequently observed phenomenon and writers all around have been sharing their ways of breaking through the writer’s block.
- Drop off the myth of “perfectionist”
Quite a lot of times, writers tend to be too hard on themselves ad hold such high expectations of their work which at times does not even seem to be realistic. This is caused usually due to the comparison that occurs between their current work and their previous prestigious workpieces.
To drop the unrealistic expectations will make it easier to be more accepting towards your work and it will help you gain confidence.
- Change the stream for a while
To refresh your brain, work on another creative project for a few hours or days and then go back to writing. Try painting pictures, designing images in Photoshop, making a scrapbook or collage, maybe even dancing or exercising. By doing so, you will be keeping the creative part of your brain activated even without writing and also, relieve stress.
- Cut off the distractions
One of the most prominent causes of writer’s block is distractions. Begin by eliminating distractions around you. Start by cleaning up your workspace. A cluttered desk puts the mind in a state of confusion. An excessive amount of phone or any kind of device users can not only be a difficult distraction to quit bur also have multiple health effects. So, turn off the phone and unplug from the internet.
Your writer’s block might be a result of exhaustion. Read the work of various authors, writers, bloggers and try to replenish your mind. This will not only help you in resuming your writing but you can also find outstanding and inspirational works.
- Use the emotions
When this phrase hits in, there are lots of unpleasant emotions. Pick one of your negative emotions or feelings and pour it out on the paper. Good writing isn’t about picking the right words. You need to make your readers feel something. By writing about your emotions you will make them feel relatable and connected to you. Of course, there is no guarantee how perfect your draft will be but that’s okay because the purpose here is to express and end the writer’s block, and not to show the expertise.
- Avoid editing
This might seem like a tough task but when you are writing, do not edit your draft. Keep going with the flow, no matter where it takes you. Don’t spoil the magic by stopping to fiddle with a word here or cut a line there.
- Accept your work
The very reason that you are being too hard on yourself with comparison can be the fundament of your writer’s block. A load of self-doubt and pressure to do even better can take your mind and ability down the hill. Start to believe in yourself, make peace with the fact that it is okay if you do not always put your best foot forward. It is about the efforts that you put in, the ideas and thoughts that matter.
Encountering a writer’s block and not being able to get out of it can be very discouraging. But it does not define your ability to progress ahead as a writer. There are various tricks and tips which can help to break through this unpleasant situation. However, it is a lot simpler if you acknowledge it and embrace it as a part and parcel of the art of writing.