What To Do When You Hit Writer’s Block
If you’ve ever had to write anything in your life, chances are you’ve experienced “Writer’s block” at least once…
It’s probably one of the most annoying enemies of writers to date (that and writing cramps…).
But as much as you love to hate them, the block will show it’s ugly face at some point. And when it does, what do you do to combat it?
In this blog, I’m going to share with you some creative tips to break through Writer’s block easier than ever!
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What Causes Writer’s Block In The First Place?
It’s almost like you’ll never see the block coming, even though it sees you from a mile away. In order to predict its next move, we have to know a few things that cause it in the first place.
Have you ever caught yourself brainstorming about something, and when you finally come up with an idea your brain starts to hurt? This is just proof that thinking takes energy.
But if you’re trying to write, but feel like you haven’t slept in days, you’re asking for Writer’s block.
And it’s for a pretty obvious reason: your brain is in a sleeping state because your body is starting to shut down. The longer you try to write in this state, the worse your fatigue is going to get until you crash completely.
In reality, you’ll be too fatigued to do anything, let alone write.
Everyone who’s been in school should be SUPER familiar with this feeling:
It’s crunch time; you have a 10-page paper due tomorrow morning, it’s already 11:30 at night and you’re only on page 2…
Easily the worst feeling in the world.
To this day I have no clue how my classmates in college were able to function with procrastination. There’s a special breed of human that work their best under pressure. But they run the GIANT risk of smacking hard into Writer’s block.
Having to think of things on the fly may work for masters of improvisation. But for the majority of us, it fills us up with stress, anxiety, and worry. The last thing you’re thinking about is writing something.
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Speaking of which, stress makes it incredibly hard to write, too. However, procrastination isn’t the only thing that causes stress. Drama in your relationships can put a damper on your creativity. So can unfortunate events that happen throughout the day.
Another way to create stress for yourself (which is something I do a lot) is to pile your plate with too many things you don’t have time for. When your mind is cluttered with too many things, thoughts regarding writing is just gonna make your head hurt.
Writer’s block = Pain
We humans naturally avoid anything that causes us pain, right? Well Writer’s block, believe it or not, is a pain point…
Which means what, exactly?
That we want to avoid it by any means necessary!
And the best way to do that is to avoid all the causes above.
So how do we do that?
Try the following:
Plan writing ahead of time – when I was in school, I adopted the habit of writing my essays WEEKS before they were due. When I did this, I was able to think clearer and my ideas would flow on paper like beer suds down the side of the glass.
Taking breaks – when you’ve hit a mental wall, take a break. Step away from your computer for 10-15 minutes. You’ll be surprised how fast your brain will recover with fresh ideas.
Take a nap – when the block proves to be too strong, a full-body reset never hurts! Take a 30-minute to hour nap. You’ll wake up fully refreshed, which eliminates any fatigue to hold you down.
Movement – when you’ve hit Writer’s block, hit it back – with exercise! I like to do push-ups, sit-ups or squats to keep my blood flowing. Even jumping jacks are great! As long as you’re staying active, you’re giving your body energy which gives your brain energy. And with brain energy comes more bright ideas to write about!
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Break Through Writer’s Block Once & For All!
When there are no mental blocks standing in your way, you can continue on your road to creative writing success!
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