Books, Writing

Tips for beating writer’s block

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“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”
Charles Bukowski

It’s scarier than a Stephen King novel. It’s more intimidating than a CEO.

It’s an ocean of the unknown.

It’s a blank page.

Writer’s block can hit anyone. Whether you’re a content creator, professional writer, or just trying to draft an email, it doesn’t discriminate. In fact, it seems every writer hits a wall at some point (or, if you’re like me, many). It can be disheartening and discouraging. It can be. It doesn’t have to.

Feeling your creative juices dry up is rough stuff. In fact, I feel like I’m experiencing writer’s block right now, since my work in progress hasn’t been touched in days. But, there are ways you can get yourself back in the groove. Here, I’d like to show you some tips that have worked for me in the past so I could get back to writing.

Step away from the page

Sometimes, we’ve been staring at the page or screen for too long. It helps to break away. Whether it’s taking a walk to clear your mind, listening to music, or, my favorite, shopping, doing something that takes you out of the mindset can give you a fresh look.

Talk it out

For me, this especially helps if I’m trying to develop a plot, or if I just don’t know what comes next. I will literally sit at my desk and talk through it. Alone. Is that weird? IDK. It works. As a fiction writer, this helps bring characters to life. It takes them off the page, and I’m able to really craft what will happen next in my book. If I can follow them, I can finish my manuscript.

Brainstorm

Keeping to proper sentences and paragraphs can run you into a wall sometimes. When this happens to me, I like to take a physical pen and paper and just jot down words. Sometimes, I’ll even (badly) draw maps or things related to my writing, since it truly does help you think of your work in progress in a different way.

Read

It’s a common sentiment among great writers that to be a great writer, you need to do two things. Write and read. If you’re having trouble with the former, lose yourself in a good book. I’ve found that reading books while in the midst of a word drought helps rejuvenate my creativity.

Don’t stop writing

Lastly, don’t use writer’s block as an excuse to stop writing! We’ve all been there. But it will definitely claim victory over you if you decide to wait until inspiration hits. Keep it moving.

And that’s it! Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment below if you have any other tips for beating the dreaded writer’s block!

XO,
Elizabeth

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