Hi guys, clears throat. It’s been a little while and the longest so far, I’ve been away from this space. Gush!!! It wasn’t intentional, I can’t even completely blame it on being too busy or life happening, No. Even though there’s always something to do, I can always find time to write if I really need to.
Have you ever experienced a time when it seems you aren’t able to write?
I didn’t feel like writing. I couldn’t fathom what to write. I’ll pick up my pen to write, (I love writing the traditional way) and then I’d get stuck because nothing seems to come to mind. Perhaps the creative juices weren’t flowing just as much as it should.
Like staring at your computer for long and not knowing what to do. If you’ve ever experienced this, then you should understand what I mean. It happens to every writer/creative at some points. Even though it is so annoying, we can always slip out of it.
So in today’s post, I’m going to share some bits and tips on writer’s block but first,Let’s dig in to the three major reasons for writer’s block. Remember, every great writer/creative may experience this at some points so you may find this useful.
- You’re likely burned out: Exhaustion, stress, your body, brain, emotions need a downtime time. You may need to take a break, step away for a while, relax, and rejuvenate. self care is really an important aspect of life.
- You’re probably too distracted: Anxiety, lacking focus, too many things on the mind, being occupied with different activities,etc. When these distractions mount, it may become difficult to write. Writing is a mental activity that requires a great deal of focus. It is more productive to take care of stuffs you need to take care of first.
- Lacking motivation: When you’re deficit in your motivational level, there is a high chance of struggling to write.
Understand that a written work is organic. It’s human. Sometimes you can’t rush it. Don’t beat yourself up, be patient with yourself.
I found four amazing tips on how to beat the writer’s block. Let’s dig in:
- Find some inspiration: Read quotes, journals, any new material. Find something to inspire you to write.
- Cut distractions: If distraction is a major reason for writer’s block, the solution will be cutting back on it. Too many distractions causes lack of focus and without focus, you can’t write.
- Avoid trying to be perfect: Many times, we over-analyze, critique, nit-pick on every detail of our writing because we want to appear perfect. The goal is to get something written even if you feel it’s below your standard. That’s why we edit, proof-read, etc. Put the words down first. Once you make it a habit of not writing as much as you should, you may likely lose ideas/interest, etc. Remember habits become character which moulds your life.
- Use your own voice: I know you want to sound like that great writer who inspires you a lot. But here’s this; think about the way you’ll carry out a normal conversation with a friend and write that way. Trying to sound too technical or formal or way-up-there may not help your block.
Now over to you. Have you ever experienced a writer’s block? How did you deal with it? Let’s discuss in the comment section!