One of the most dreadful things that a writer can ever experience is the inevitable block. Yes, the fearsome writer’s block. Writers often find themselves with this affliction late at night sitting in front of their laptops; suddenly, the flow of words stop and they find themselves stuck in a rut of their own making. Ask any successful writer, this has happened to them. It often feels hopeless, but there are ways to help unblock the river of creativity and help you get back on the journey to the end of your story. Are you suffering from writer’s block? Here are some tips to deal with it.
Walking has been associated with improving mental health and creativity. It isn’t just a great form of exercise, but it helps the blood flow and unblocks the arteries and the mental barriers that are keeping you from finishing your masterpiece.
Maybe you’re stumped because you’re stuck at home and it’s becoming stuffy. The nice thing about laptops and tablets is that you can just pack up and go somewhere else to work. Doing that can help unblock the creative juices. If you’re writing about a scene near the water, maybe a beach trip can do you some good.
A simple solution that is a soothing balm to the weary writer, there is nothing as good as reading to remedy writer’s block. Reading your favorite book written by your favorite author will reignite the spark of inspiration that made you write in the first place.
The human brain is amazing. It’s helping you write your next arc, but at the same time it’s digesting your dinner, or thinking about how you’re going to get your book published. It gets so stressed thinking about other things that it can lead to writer’s block. Meditation will help clear the clutter that’s in your mind. Breathing and centering yourself on the now makes everything else seem unimportant.
Speaking of decluttering your mind, decluttering your environment will also help you deal with writer’s block. Unnecessary clutter is distracting and working in a messy environment won’t help you in anyway. So take a break from writing and pick up broom, and sweep away the mess to make way for creativity.
Sometimes, what you are missing is just staring you right in the face, and it takes someone else to point it out to you. This is why it’s important to take a break and talk to someone when you’re in that rut. Maybe you can have your friend read your work so far and then you can both discuss what needs to be done in order to move forward. A fresh perspective is always good to help you see something that has otherwise eluded you.
These are just some tips to help getting rid of writer’s block, but the most important tip is to keep on writing. Write something else, write a different chapter, or even write an e-mail, just as long as you don’t stop writing. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comment box below.