If you sit at your computer and your mind goes blank you need to know how to overcome that dreaded writers block
Hitting The Wall
If you are like me your first reaction is panic. You search through that idle, useless, lazy brain and come up with nothing, zero, zilch. When your livelihood depends on you being able to produce some form of writing it is pretty scary when you can’t think of a thing to write.
You have fallen into that writers black hole and you feel like you will never get out of it. When it happens you feel it is the end of the world. The question we all ask at this time is ‘WHY??’ Wikipedia lists a few reasons why and you can read through them here if you like but I warn you it is mindlessly boring and it won’t help at all.
The Wikipedia article focuses on the psychological reasons for writers block and that isn’t really what anyone with the problem wants to hear.
What Causes Writers Block?
Is it just the wrong time?
Perhaps you have other worries that are occupying your mind right now. You need to address them before panicking about having writers block. If the kids are playing up or you have had an argument with your partner then chances are this is blocking your creative juices and preventing you from writing.
Worry beats creativity every time.
Are You Afraid?
If you are afraid of having other people read your words and critique your writing then this could be what is holding you back. When you write you feel exposed but if you let your fear take over then you will never write anything. First you mus Identify and overcome your fear. Remember no one is perfect not even your critics.
Need To Be Perfect?
If you are trying to get your post perfect then stop. Write it and then work on it until you are happy with it. This is not writers block.
How To Overcome Writers Block.
Overcoming writers block really is different strokes for different folks. What worked for me may not work for you. Having said that here are a few of the suggestions I have found for overcoming writers block:
- Exercise: Go for a walk in the park and concentrate on your surroundings. Do not keep thinking about whether it will work or not. In fact forget about the problem and enjoy the walk.
- Remove Distractions: If you are one of those people who always had music playing or the radio on while your were studying then you could try that. It blocks out a lot of distractions and can help you to focus.
- Read something that inspires you: For me reading poetry inspires me for you it may be inspirational quotes. If something inspires you then use it.
- Try reading a book: If you can lose yourself in a book it is a good way to mentally remove yourself from the problem. Removing yourself from the problem can often solve it for you.
- Have a drink: Relax with a coffee or a favorite tea or have a glass of wine or beer. According to Neil Patel a beer is better for getting the juices flowing again. I’m not too sure how serious he was about that. He did qualify it by saying one beer not lots of beer.
- Catch up with a friend: If you try this talk about anything other than you problem. The idea is to get away from the problem not load it onto your friend. It is better if this is a friend who always makes you feel good.
- Do some cardio work: When walking doesn’t work then raise your heart rate with a little cardio exercise like running. This gets the blood flowing and taking more oxygen to that sluggish brain that isn’t doing it’s job today.
- Brainstorm: Just start jotting things down as they pop into your head.
- Free Write: Start writing anything. Write about the weather, your neighbors awful garden, how your feet feel in your shoes. Just start putting words onto the paper or your computer screen.
There are dozens of ways you can try to cure your writers block and you can rest assured there are a few things that will definitely not work EVER.
- Self pity: Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself will definitely ensure you don’t get past your writers block. The fact is it will set it in concrete.
- Not Writing: Saying to yourself you are not going to write until you get some inspiration won’t work. It has been said by wiser people than me that creativity comes from 80% perspiration and 20% inspiration, so just get on with it.
- Procrastination: Putting something off until later, tomorrow or next week will definitely not solve your problem.
The Final Solution
It may be the last thing you want to do but to solve your problem you need to start writing. It doesn’t matter how bad it is. Once you blow up the dam and allow your river of creativity to flow again you can go back and fix it all. Just jot down a thought here a word or a sentence there. Somewhere in there you will find the key that unlocks the idea you have been looking for.
When you start writing the ideas will come and you will have vanquished your writers block. We all hit the wall from time to time but if you genuinely have something to say you will find it eventually. Just don’t sit back and wait for it to happen, get your whip out and make it happen.
If you have had experience with writers block, or have a tried and true method of overcoming it I would love to hear your comments. It is the comments that people leave for me that give me the inspiration I need to keep writing so I hope you will help me out with your comments.