Overcome Writer's Block in 5 Simple Steps

overcoming writers block by shanda trofe
overcoming writers block by shanda trofe

At one point or another, most writers will experience a form of “writer’s block.” Sometimes this is caused by fear, not knowing where to start, how to end, or the inability to stay focused due to outside circumstances.

Here are a few tips for overcoming any blocks that may arise:

1. De-clutter your workspace. When your workspace is cluttered, your may find it hard to concentrate. Often our physical surroundings will affect us mentally. When our workspace is cluttered, our thoughts tend to follow. Keeping your space tidy and organized will allow your energy to flow more freely.

2. Do some additional research. Often we get stuck because we haven’t fully developed our ideas. This is a great time to hit the books and do some further research on your subject. Then, when inspiration strikes, go back and incorporate your new ideas into your work. Your project may even take a turn for the better. However, be careful not to use this as a form of procrastination to put off the task at hand.

3. Relax. Staring a blank screen or sheet of paper will put you into a frenzy, especially when you have a deadline looming. It’s OK to walk away and return to your project later when you are motivated and refreshed. You might try meditating to clear your mind. Often our ideas come to us when we take time to silence the mind. If meditation isn’t your thing, try something else that brings inspiration such as getting out into nature by taking a walk or working in a garden.

4. Try a writing exercise. Just like anything else, writing is something that gets better with practice and needs to be exercised often. You could try a writing prompt, writing in your journal, or writing a blog post. These smaller exercises build confidence and get the creativity flowing so you can tackle the larger project with ease.

5.  I’m a firm believer in the idea that the only cure for writer’s block is to write through it. When you are stuck or blocked, or not having the best writing day, try to write anyway. Not every day is a good writing day, but one thing authors do above all else is to write even when they don’t feel like it, and that means writing daily. You can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page.

Inspiration exists but it has to find you working. ~ Pablo Picasso