Tips On Getting Over Your Writer’s Block

You’re staring at a blank screen or empty paper, whichever and nothing is happening. Your hands are lifeless, the brain is numb and you can’t get yourself to write down anything. Don’t panic. You’re not losing your knack for writing. You’re just experiencing a writer’s block.

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Many, if not all, great writers go through writer’s block. Writer’s block is when your creative juices come to a halt. You can’t seem to come up with new or good ideas and each time you try to write, blockage.

Now, there can be more than one reason as to why this is happening. However, it’ll pass, just like everything else in life. Here are a few tips to help you get through this. First…

Why is this happening?

Why can’t you write? It can be pressure or stress. Your mind is elsewhere or you’re having problems that are keeping your mind occupied. To write, you need a clear mind with the right mindset, when your mind is too fuzzy with other concerns, it’s not helping.

Fear is the number one reason for writer’s block. You put your all into your writing, so to expose that to everyone to read and criticize can be intimidating. This can also lead to procrastinating, constantly putting it off so it eventually never happens.

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Lastly, worrying if it’s good enough. You want everything to be perfect, just like you imagined it. You’d waste too much time outlining, planning and doing research and keep delaying the actual writing.

Helpful tips to fix writer’s block

  • Do other creative activities. Think of other things you can do like painting, doing DIY projects, writing poetry or music, playing an instrument and more. Do anything else other than working on your main project. I personally like to write music for a change. This will mostly help your creativity side stay wired and maybe help create ideas for writing.

 Go for a walk. Get your mind off writing by going on a walk whether indoors or outdoors. Studies have proven that doing so will increase your creativity by 60% because this will tap into your deeper state of mind and provide you clarity. Other exercises like running, aerobics, yoga, or dancing will help you focus and boost your energy.

Coffee is your best friend. There is nothing better than the aroma of freshly brewed coffee every morning. Coffee helps you stay focused when you’re in the zone and when on breaks, helps you brainstorm ideas to get back to writing. Sometimes, all you need is a good cup of Joe to get the flow through your fingers.                                            

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 Write anything, anything at all. Whether it’s an idea, a thought, an emotion or simply scribbling randomly, write it down. Try to do this for around 15 minutes just to get your mind on paper. You need to make writing part of your daily routine, even if it’s just random words being written. It may help evoke new ideas for you to work on.

 Take a break. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It can even be just a short road trip. Go do something new with a group of friends like hiking. Keep your mind off writing for a while and just relax and have some fun.

 A change of scenery. Sometimes all you need is a different setting to get the wheel going. Instead of your usual desk at home, try heading out to a café, the nearest Starbucks or the library to write. Just being in a different environment and seeing new faces can help.

Work on other projects: This personally works for me. Sometimes when I’m too focused on my main project, I get too stressed and can’t do anything at all. So I try working on other projects. It can be another novel idea, a poem, a short story, journal entry or even a blog post. Just exercise writing in any way. This will keep you in writing mode, keep your brain active and boost your imagination.

Read a book. Reading can definitely help out! Not only does reading improve your writing skills but it will be a good chance for you to get into another world for a bit and maybe come out with some inspiration.

Getting over writer’s block isn’t a walk in the park (well, actually, I guess it is sometimes) but it can take one or all of these tips to get through this. But the point is, you will get through this. So go, get up, try out these few tips and get back in the game!

How Can I Become A Great Writer?

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I’ve always loved to write. I’ve been writing since forever, although not so regularly these days. When I got something special for my birthday, I’d write down how happy and ecstatic I was when I received it. When I was scolded for not doing my homework or forgetting to make my bed in the morning, I’d put my sad thoughts into words. I continued to do so until my high school and college years, where my poetry and stories were appreciated, but my hunger to learn on how to be a great writer has never been filled. So, I continued to search for answers and here’s what I got – some wonderful tips from my favorite teachers, authors and a few useful snippets from the web. One is writing from the heart, telling your life story, such as this story which drew thousands of responses.

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Publishing Tips

Writing a book is a wonderful achievement and it’s something that is truly your own. Taking your book to the next level and getting it published can truly be a major step and one that sends authors into a spin. However, while it might seem scary, it’s the next step for writers and it’s the only real way to know if people like what you write. Read on to find a few simple publishing tips that might prove useful for you today.

Have You Had The Book Professionally Proofread?

First and foremost, you need a new set of eyes to go over the manuscript and check for errors. Now, you might think you have looked over it a dozen times and it’s perfect but it’s easy to miss things, especially when you have written it personally. That is why you have to have someone look over the novel that has no interest in it, such as a professional proofreader. These are the ideal people to view the work with a fresh set of eyes and they know what they’re looking for. They can pick up on minor errors in the structure of the book as well as the grammar and spelling errors. This can help ensure your book is published perfectly and avoid negative reviews on the grammar and structure.

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How To Market Your Book

You’ve written your book, you’ve proofread it and you’re ready to publish, but what next? Well, you have to think about marketing the book so that people know about the book and want to buy and read it. When a book is marketed correctly it can become a huge hit and it’ll make all the difference. You have to remember, there are thousands and thousands of new books hitting the shelves on a daily basis and yours has to fight for readers. It’s not going to be an easy process but if you think your book has what it takes and you market wisely, anything is possible. Read on to find out how to market your book.

Put the Word Out On Social Media

Social media can be the ideal solution for those who wish to market their book. Now, even if you are using a publisher to handle things, it doesn’t hurt to put the word out there. However, if you aren’t going through a publisher and going for self-publishing, you must do more in order to get the word out. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook can be ideal as you tell followers or friends online about the book which might encourage them to read about it. You can post messages and they might in return re-post them which can get more interested. What’s more, you could create a little trailer for the book and post on media sites such as YouTube. It’s a great way to market effectively. 

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Helpful Hints For Aspiring Authors

Love the idea of writing a novel? You are not alone! Thousands truly have a writer’s gene in them and getting the words down on paper can be magical. However, not everyone starts off like J.K. Rowling or the great Edgar Allan Poe! A lot of people can struggle with their writing, even though they have it perfectly set out in their minds. You can have a great and very unique story that interest people but getting it all down can be a troublesome factor. However, with a few hints, you might find them more than useful for aspiring authors. Read on to find a few tips that might help.

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