Overcoming Writer’s Block
Every writer has come to a point where they just don’t have anything to say right now.
I’m almost done writing my book, and I just was not able to work on it this weekend. I wanted to. I even carried my laptop around the house with me, assuming that at some point I would get comfortable and write something.
It’s sat next to me on the couch, taunting and haranguing me. At one point, it seemed to get sarcastic, blinking it’s orange light of low battery.
I wanted to write. I intended on writing each day of this long holiday weekend.
Guess who did not work on her book at all this weekend? ME.
Sometimes I just don’t feel inspired. I know it happens to everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.
In order to figure out what other people do, I reached out to a few writers I know to ask them about their number one tip for overcoming writer’s block, and I got some great advice!
The Founder and President of Authors Unite, Tyler Wagner, says “The two things I do are go running and then I just write. And keep writing. I use The Most Dangerous Writing App, and it’s amazing. You can’t stop typing!”
Be careful! I looked up this app and it is crazy. If you stop typing, it gives you just a few seconds and then erases all your work!
That is certainly one way to stay motivated! Tyler is someone who works very well under pressure, but I am getting anxiety just thinking about all of my writing disappearing because I took a bathroom break!
Sometimes you’re inspired and other times you aren’t, but Tyler says that when it comes to writer’s block, you just have to push through and keep writing even when you are not feeling it. Take a break, go running, walk away from it for awhile, but then come back push on.
James Ranson is the Founder and Director of The Master Wordsmith, and talked about the importance of having an outline.
“If you aren’t working from an outline, stop what you are doing and go make an outline right now. Get all of your ideas out of your head and organized in one place instead of randomly writing. You need to organize your thoughts and ideas, because if you don’t, it’s a recipe for feeling directionless and getting writer’s block. Brainstorming your ideas and having an outline gives you a specific sense of direction, and helps you not have writer’s block in the first place, because you know what to say next.”
Pro Tip: James says that when you’re in the middle of writing a chapter or a blog post and you slam into a block, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What does the reader need to know about this that I haven’t yet told them?”
“I talk to my friends! When I jam with a friend and just have a conversation and get away from the grind of having to write it, I always find the words for what I wanted to say!”
Jolie says that she surrounds herself with bright, accomplished, inspiring people who are always happy to pitch in and help each other. She likes to change up her environment, too, and enjoys writing in co-working spaces, by the pool, and in off-the-beaten-path coffee shops
I identify so much with this, as talking to someone really opens me up and I can also get their ideas and thoughts, too. Having someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of is so helpful!
Thank goodness, today I woke up fresh and inspired to keep writing and keep creating! I think a good night’s sleep and a fresh perspective does wonders for an author.
What do you do if you come up against writer’s block? Do you have a routine or activity that works for you?
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