5 Simple and Effective Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
Stare at a blank page. Do a little finger dance on your keyboard. Then stare some more. Eventually give up and go check out the latest posts on your Social Media accounts.
We’ve all been there, done that. Welcome to the club of Anonymous Writer’s Block. Yep, it’s a legitimate club. (just kidding)
If you recognised the painful process of having to write something and you have no idea how to begin (or how to continue if you already begun), you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top 5 simple and effective tips on how to overcome the writer’s block successfully. Try them out and start creating amazing content.
Usually, when you have no idea what to write or you don’t know what your main point is, it’s because you haven’t done enough research. It becomes hard for you to brainstorm ideas, to write a good outline or even to decide what you want to share with the world. In order to solve these problems, research a bit more. The ideas will start popping into your head, and voilà— you’ll start creating content.
Have in mind that it is common for writers to come back to research every now and then during writing process to check facts or to get inspiration, so don’t be afraid of doing a proper research.
Also, if you struggle with the outline of your writing, research the blog/website you are writing for. You will see the style and the language used, which can help you decide how to structure your content.
2. No hook — no problem. Start from the middle.
Hook or introduction is one of the most important parts of any piece of writing. People will either love it and continue reading your text, or give up immediately without giving it a chance. It’s horrible, but it’s true. Knowing this can stop you from writing because you will spend too much time worrying about great hook.
Don’t begin with a hook if you don’t have a clear idea about it.
If you are writing a review of a product for example, write the middle part. Explain what that product does, why you like it or dislike it. While you are writing, a great idea for a hook might come up. And what’s more important — you will start writing and you’ll leave the block behind you.
3. Stop procrastinating.
When you write something that you don’t like, it’s likely that you’ll start wasting time. You’ll get these amazing ideas of how to spend time not writing — you’ll want to clean the house, play with your phone or watch an entire season of some TV show.
The easiest way to stop yourself from procrastinating is to turn everything off. You won’t check your phone, Social Media or watch TV. You’ll stay focused and it will be easier for you to finish your task.
If it gets too hard to work for a couple of hours, use a timer. Set it for 20 or 30 minutes, work on the task until it rings, and then take a short break. Repeat this until you finish. You’ll stay on track and you’ll complete your writing a lot faster.
4. Don’t worry about editing. That’s a separate process.
Sometimes the fear of having too much to edit will come in the way of creating the content. Stop it. No one writes perfectly without anything to edit. Even the best writers in the world have a draft which they edit several times before they are satisfied with the result.
Allow yourself to write badly.
Even if you are not happy with what you write, it is a good start. You will have something to edit, something to change. Before you even know it, you’ve overcome writer’s block.
5. Take a break.
If you’ve been working for too long, and you don’t have the energy to write, it’s time to take a break.
It is amazing how the human brain works — even if you are taking a break from writing, you can still get some great ideas.
Take a shower, go for a walk. Run. Whatever works for you.
Your writing isn’t going anywhere. If you keep pushing yourself, you will create too much pressure that it would take you much longer to reduce it. Enjoy a bit. Relax. Regenerate. Take a break. Just make sure that your break doesn’t turn into procrastination.
Don’t be afraid of writing — create something amazing!
Writing is a creative process, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Especially if your expectations are too high and you want everything to be perfect. Once you stop being afraid of writing, you will find a way to solve any problem.
The first step is always to identify the source of the problem. Whether it’s because you haven’t done enough research or you have been working too much — there is always a solution. And once you get used to writing, it’ll become easier and you’ll be able to quickly overcome any sort of block.
What are your suggestions on overcoming writer’s block? Have you tried out any of these tips?
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