The dreaded writer’s block. We’ve all dealt with it at some time or another and it can be absolutely devastating to experience as a writer. But there are ways to get around your block. Let’s explore some today.
- Write every day. Set up a regular time for writing and show up to write. Make your writing a habit.
- When you can’t write, read. Build your craft and spark new ideas.
- Read books on craft. I recommend Stephen King’s “On Writing.”
- Freewrite for fifteen minutes. Dump whatever is clogging your brain onto the page so the good stuff can come out.
- Create realistic and manageable goals. Set a word count goal for the day or write for an hour. Break down bigger tasks into smaller ones you can tackle.
- Allow yourself to write badly. They’re called drafts for a reason. You can always edit a bad page.
- Switch things around. You don’t have to write in chronological order. I find that I write best jumping around. Just keep a scene list so you know what needs to be written.
- Change your routine. Write in a different location, change your playlist, go outside.
- Go for a walk. Moving helps you think. Go for a stroll while you mull things over.
- Do something else creative. Paint, draw, make music, sew a new outfit. Get your creative juices flowing.
- Listen to music. Instrumental is best.
- Do word sprints. You can set up sprints to do alone or with some writing pals. Make these sprints public so you’ll be held accountable.
Most importantly, push through these blocks. Think critically of your plot and whether or not it’s going in the right direction (this could be causing your block in the first place). You can’t wait for your muse to inspire you so get writing today. Now is a great time.
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