One of the biggest fears of a writer is suffering from a writer’s block. It is like a headache that won’t go away. A pain in your neck, a thorn on your side.
Often you are completely out of ideas and cannot bring yourself to think of anything. Nothing is inspiring enough.
The second form of writer’s block is a more dangerous one, though. That’s the one I’m going through. In this form, you are full of ideas…but you cannot execute them. Right now I have at least two weeks of material planned out but I cannot bring myself to write anything.
I know what you are thinking: what is she talking about? She is writing right now!
Yes I am writing right now. I also wrote two posts last week.
Yet, I feel unfulfilled. I work hard on every post I write and only publish after I am satisfied with the work I have done. But, recently, I feel like I’m not challenging myself enough. And I am pretty sure I am not the only one who feels like this. Many of you may be going through the same stage.
So, is there any way to deal with this situation? Of course, there is! Here are four sure-fire ways to deal with a writer’s block.
Step back from writing
Even when you have ideas to write about, when you are going through a writer’s block, it is hard to feel inspired enough to actually put those ideas into words. Often it is because you are so focused on trying to overcome your block that it becomes the only thing occupying your mind. This is when you need to take a deep breath and step back.
Just yesterday, one of my teachers said to me:
“If you stand too close to a wall, all you’ll see is the wall. You’ll only be able to see the room when you step back from the wall.”
In short, change your perspective. Find something new to do. Distract yourself and the words will come to you.
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This step seems at odds with the first one, but it’s true. Keep a journal, or download an app on your phone; whatever you are comfortable with, and jot down whatever comes to mind. Whether it is a word, a line or an idea, note it down.
I assure you, it helps. This is how I wrote this short story. The first line came to my mind and I decided to write it down. Later, I was able to develop an entire story from it. And guess what? It got published in a magazine!
Do not abandon reading during your writer’s block
The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough, especially when you are going through a writer’s block. Read magazine articles, news stories, blogs, books; whatever you can get your hands on. Something will eventually strike and enable you to write something that makes sense to you.
Do not lose hope
Of course, you are not going to get it right the first time. There will be failed attempts, sloppy paragraphs, disjointed sentences…but what is important is that you keep trying. Remember: we can’t be perfect all the time.
I know, it’s easier said than done. But if you want to continue writing, then you’ve got to do it.
Are you suffering from a writer’s block too? Share what steps you take to overcome it in the comments. Help us all out! 🙂
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