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8 tips to combat writer's block

Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all. -Charles Bukowski

1. Take Notes


When you're constantly writing, you never have to start with a blank page. Take advantage of the notepad on your phone. Any time you think of anything worth writing down, write it. If you see anything or hear anything worth writing, write it down. Write write write. One day you'll be sure to look up and not only will one project be finished, seemingly effortlessly, but you'll also likely have your next several projects budding like wildflowers. Inspiration usually comes from working, not waiting.


2. Stick to a schedule


William Faulkner once said, "I only write when I'm inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning"... Most people have it in them to get up and go to a job every morning regardless of how they feel or what they truly want to do. No matter what, they make sure they show up for work as their life depends on it. If you want to be successful at writing in any way, you must put in work. Write with consistency. Come up with a schedule that works for you, even if it's just 30 minutes per day, and use that time to write. The more you write, the more you'll write.


3. Stare at the page before you...


Open up the dirty window. Let the sun illuminate the words that you cannot find. Reach for something in the distance. So close you can almost taste it. Release your inhibitions, and feel the rain on your skin. Haha Those are lyrics from the classic song "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. I truly hope you sang along as you read. This is some of the best writing advice anyone can give. Go outside or let some fresh air come to you! Also, listen to music for inspiration. Some of the best words ever written are in the music. Allow the deep reservoir of artists just like you to be your inspiration.


4. Make it fun


Writer's block is usually just your brain being stubborn. Our brains have a weird way of protecting us. If you've turned writing into a difficult task, your brain will try very hard to completely avoid doing so. Enjoy writing. Enjoy the process. Come up with a ritual that works for you. Break that ritual every now and again to spice things up. They are YOUR words. Have fun with them.


5. Tell yourself that you're the best writer in the world


Because you very well are. Who's to tell you otherwise? No one is equipped to do so. The greatest known writers of our time were also somewhere suffering from "writer's block" at some point because they felt they weren't good enough. They had to believe in themselves before anyone else could.


Many writers let fear or imposture syndrome hold them back. They convince themselves that their writing isn't good enough. If you're convinced that you suck at writing, prove it. Then improve it. If you write something and no one in the world is moved by it (which likely won't happen if you have the courage to share it), so what? Keep writing. Keep sharing. Keep improving. Believe in yourself, not writer's block.


6. READ


Reading and writing go together like living and breathing. Just a few minutes of reading daily can boost your creativity just as snacks boost your metabolism. Go back to your favorite book and read just a few pages. I have books in my collection that I go back to and read from if I'm filling blank, and they give me the boost I need every time. Allow your fellow authors to help you.


7. Exercise your body


Moving around is a great way to stimulate your brain. Go for a walk, a workout, do a home workout while writing, whatever works for you. Many times when our brains feel stuck, our bodies simply need to move.


8. REST


Yes, it's important to write on a schedule. Yes, you should write daily. However, remember you are working, and breaks are always necessary. Sometimes what feels like writer's block may be real fatigue. Some writers find it difficult to turn their inner typewriters off. Then they get frustrated when they can't think of any words. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and possibly burnout. Listen to your body and mind and learn when it's time for you to chill and let your thoughts come back to you.


Writer's block doesn't have to be a thing if you don't want it to be. As sure as you can get up and walk regardless of what you feel like you can write whenever as well. That's the beauty of life. We have free will. You don't have to run a marathon every day. Nor do you have to write a bestselling novel each day. Just contribute to it. Breath. Stretch. Take a step. Write a line. If you're struggling with what to write or how to structure your writing, seeking the help of a professional may be beneficial.



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