Writer’s block: “A usually temporary psychological inability to begin or continue work on a piece of writing.” This happens to even the most creative of writers. Sometimes we just find ourselves stuck. So to help those writers who find themselves trying to write, but have writer’s block, I’m here to deliver a few ideas as to how to avoid or overcome this problem.
Idea 1: Fresh air/ blood moving. Go outside and clear your mind. Take a deep breath and let the clear Alaskan (or wherever you are) air run throughout your body. If need be also get your blood pumping. Take a short run, walk, or bike trip. Exercise can trigger blood to move through your brain and cause your creative juices to flow.
Idea 2: Change your surroundings. Are you being distracted by other people or objects where you’re at? If so, move yourself to a location where nothing will distract you. Your best writing is when you are focused. Even turn off your phone if you find that distracting.
Idea 3: I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but yes, turn off your internet connection. The internet can be very distracting and very time consuming. For example when I had writer’s block once, I found myself on Facebook and YouTube wasting away precious hours. Facebook and YouTube will consume many hours of one’s life without you knowing it.
Idea 4: My final idea: stop thinking about it and just start writing. I have heard this advice many times from my mom when I find myself thinking too hard about a topic. Trust me, this advice really does work. The best way to beat writer’s block is to just start writing. The first sentence can sometimes seem the hardest, but the more you write down the easier it will become. Just make sure to go back and edit your writing.
Trying to come up with a “how to” topic had me stumped. I at first just sat and complained that I couldn’t come up with anything, but then I took these ideas and my mind began to organize its thoughts. I just started to write and everything fell into place. I hope these ideas will help you if you find yourself banging your head against a wall, hoping that it will help you overcome writer’s block. (Trust me: banging your head doesn’t work.)