It happens to the best of us. That moment when all of a sudden everything goes blank and you have no clue what to do. You try and try to rack your brain for some type of spark and receive absolutely nothing. You start to doubt your ability to write and convince yourself that maybe, just maybe it isn’t the field for you. Of course, then, you contradict yourself and start rambling how you love it, it is how you get through life, and you just couldn’t imagine yourself without it, but that’s besides the point. What I am trying to say is that we have all faced this dilemma, it is called Writer’s Block and it really sucks.
According to Oxford Dictionaries, “Writer’s Block is the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.”
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
One of the main causes of writer’s block is loss of inspiration. Now, is your time to find that writing spark again. Think about your work and what it means. If you are writing a story step into the shoes of one of your characters. Where would they go to hang out? What is their favorite thing to do? Are you stuck on the plot? Try to be as realistic as possible and put yourself in that scenario (through a movie or in real life). Another thing that can inspire you is music. Turn on Pandora and pick a random station. Keep flipping through each one until you find one that gets your creative juices flowing. Another great way to inspire yourself, is by reading someone else’s story. Find a nice quiet space and pick up a book that you love but haven’t read in a while. It is ok to not write every single day.
Being motivated about writing will help you to get over this speed bump and start producing more work. How do you get motivated though? By witnessing other writers excel of course. Go to your local poetry slam or reading. Attend a writer’s conference or even better a writing group. There is nothing more effective than seeing others do what you love, because it is going to make you want to do it too!
TALK TO A FRIEND
Contact a friend who you trust with your writing. It is always beneficial to get a second pair of eyes to look at your work. Explain exactly it is that you’re stuck on over a cup of coffee (or wine). Try and explain the entire premise of your story, then the both of you together can start brainstorming ideas. Your friend might bring up something you’ve never thought of before and the next thing you know that writer’s block might just disappear.
OVERCOMING WRITER’S BLOCK IS POSSIBLE BY FOLLOWING THE STEPS ABOVE. HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED WRITER’S BLOCK? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT? ARE YOU EXPERIENCING IT NOW? LET’S TALK IT OUT!