Sunday, November 9, 2014

Writer’s Block and How You Can Overcome It

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“People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” – Anna Quindlin.

A writer depends on his mind to write ideas and express what he wants through what he writes. He will not be able to transcribe what he wants people to know if the ideas are faint, pointless, and nonsense. Every writer experienced writer’s block at one point of their writing careers. There would be the time that you have all ideas in the world and you suddenly stop at the middle where you don’t know what to write anymore. It feels frustrating when you feel stuck, it seems that you ran out of words to write. It’s easy to overcome, though many writers face it for a long time because they don’t know how to get through it.

Don’t get discouraged once this happens to you. Follow these steps to overcome writer’s block and finish what you are writing about.

Take a break for a few minutes. After hours and hours of writing, you don’t have to drain your mind of thinking how you will end your story. Get up, take a break. Get your feet up of that chair and be idle for a while. Give yourself and your brain to rest for it to create more ideas.

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Free yourself from distractions. You know you’re distracted if you keep on switching your tabs from your work to Facebook or Twitter. Why don’t you disconnect that Ethernet cable for the meantime? If you don’t need anything from the internet, get away from it and do your thing. Web is a big distraction when you need something to be done right away.

Write at your most convenient time. Writers all have their own time when all ideas suddenly flush into them. Some are more comfortable writing early in the morning, some during at midnight. Make your schedule hassle free for you not to rush what you write.

Listen to music. Another effective way to recover from writer’s block is to listen to the music you are most comfortable with. Music would help your mind to be ease and relax.

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Don’t force yourself. If you can’t think of anything to write, don’t force yourself to bring out the words. It could make the situation worst by ruining what you are writing. Writing while you are in a writer’s block state could make your ideas pointless and nonsense.

Get a nap. If you’re tired, it would be natural for your body to have a delayed response, which will then result to a writer’s block. Studies say that 6-8 hours of sleep every night would be the best time duration for your body to recover from a day work and your brain to reprocess, though taking a nap will immediately rest and reset your brain.

Write daily. On Jeff Goins’ blog Goins, Writer, he wrote about the secret to developing a regular writing habit is to write 500 words every single day. His 500 words is a 31-day challenge designed to help someone develop a daily writing habit and become a better writer. As for yourself, it would not necessarily be 500 words. You can just think and write about anything that you did for the whole day. Just exercise your mind for it to be at ease to produce ideas every day.


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  1. I always feel this way specially when I was so busy and then I realized I need to finish my article. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I agree with everything on your list! I used to think that if you want to write, just sit down and write. Back when I was still a student, it was easier to write...but I realised it changes when you're older, have more responsibilities and exhausted.

  3. I agree, taking a nap usually works for me. I have sleep-deprived of sleep and so sleeping is my therapy.

  4. The list you created is definitely helpful. Thank you for sharing. :)

  5. As a writer, I do experience writer's block every so often. What works usually for me is reading and watching TV. Doing these things allows me to think of something else for a while.

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  7. Great tips, and just always follow your heart with whatever you may want to share to the world ;)
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  8. i get writer's block (or what i call blogger's block now for that matter :D ) every now and then so even if i can't come up with anything significant to write, i whip out my notebook (and yes, i always have a small notebook with me) and write whatever i think of just to empty my mind until i hit a eureka moment.. :D great tips!

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