You clear off a block of time and get ready to write your next post. You sit down and get a topic in mind. You open your laptop and place your fingers on the keyboard.
Nothing. Your mind becomes foggy. Fuzzy. Cloudy.
The inspiration never strikes.
You write a couple words only to delete them a second later. No matter how many sentences or paragraphs you write, the delete button erases them just the same.
Before long, you’ve wasted a half hour staring at your word processor.
You close your laptop and chalk it off to a bad case of writer’s block.
Writer’s block has been the bane of every writer’s existence; it has plagued creatives for centuries.
However, it doesn’t have to plague you. There are many ways to mitigate and even eliminate the notorious spell of writers block.
How To Defeat Writers Block
Don’t Believe In It
Some of the best writers don’t even believe in writer’s block. It’s kind of like the placebo effect. If you believe in writer’s block it can affect you. If you don’t, it can’t. Your subconscious has a lot of power over you. Just believing in something can make it real.
Outline, Outline, Outline
An outline, even a rough one, is the best way to kill writer’s block. A lot of the time it surfaces because your mind is trying to write the whole post at once. When you have an outline you can break your writing up and focus on small chunks.
Pick a topic and write. Don’t worry about it sounding good, punctuation, or anything really. Just start writing. Starting is the hardest part. If you open up the floodgates, your writer’s block will fade.
Clear Your Mind
If you are writing with a ton of distractions, it’s no wonder why you have writers block. While we may believe we can multitask, studies have shown we cannot. Turn off your Internet, find a quiet room, and focus on the task at hand. If you’re still struggling, a little meditation or even a nap can refresh your brain.
Take A Break
If you aren’t making headway on something, take a break or work on something else. Come back to your work later for a fresh view. Sometimes we get too close to something and can’t see even the most obvious fixes. Find a way to distance yourself from the task and come back with a fresh look.
It’s time to slay writers block and see it for what it is: an unnecessary evil. Follow these tips and writers block will never hold you down again.
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