It's a beautiful day, you've got your coffee, and the birds are chirping. So you pull out your laptop and begin working on your article. You go in to type and...... nothing happens.
Nothing springs to mind. It's as though you've forgotten how to write. Previously, thoughts would just seep forth before you could even type them down, but now it's blank. This is known as writer's block. Unfortunately, it is rather frequent, particularly among writers. I've had the same experience! That is what prompted me to write this blog.
Writer's block is inescapable, but it is very much reversible. Here's how I overcome my bout of writer's block!
Move Into Another Space
Do you always sit in the same space to write? Try moving to another place, if possible in front of a window so you can get some natural light. Staying in one physical location for too long might make you feel trapped. A change of surroundings might occasionally inspire you to write more. Moving to a different location, such as from your chair to a sofa, or even a cafe, might often be all it takes to make a breakthrough.
Work On Another Section
I get it, sometimes you have an overall idea of what you’re going to write, but you just can’t seem to start. Writing introductions might be challenging for many individuals. Work on another portion and return to the one you're having trouble with later. Writing in a different sequence can give you a better understanding of how to structure your essay, which may even help you create the ideal introduction in the end.
Engage In Other Activities
If you're feeling stuck, try doing something else. Turn off the laptop and dwell on a hobby. Choose an activity that takes you away from writing, such as watching movies, doing puzzles, eating a meal, or gazing at the artwork. You may also engage in activities that help your brain concentrate.
Read Your Favorite Books
Reading is a great way to overcome writer's block since it may inspire, motivate, relieve stress, or provide an escape. You may let go of worries or concerns that may have previously been holding you back by reading something you like. Whatever you decide, you can always rely on reading to help you break out of your writing rut. To get their creative juices flowing, find inspiration, and overcome writer's block, many writers go to the authors they respect.
Stay Away From Distractions
Distractions might cause you to lose focus, disrupt your flow, or prevent you from starting a project. When writing, keep interruptions to a minimum. Turn off your smartphone and internet to disconnect from digital distractions while you write. Clean your desk to remove distractions from your workspace. A clean desk helps increase calm and attention. Schedule writing time with time-blocking. Request that your family or coworkers refrain from interrupting you while you are writing. Schedule at least three hours of undisturbed writing time.
Have A Clear Mind
A clouded head might prevent you from expressing your greatest thoughts. If you're having difficulty writing due to mental block, consider doing something relaxing and reflective. Meditation, yoga, prayer, and other meditative techniques can help you focus on the present moment and increase your concentration over time.
Clean Your Space
Writer's block can be frustrating in part because it makes you feel unproductive. Less work gets done the longer you stare at your screen in an effort to push yourself to be productive. Doing housework can help you stay focused and will enable you to be more productive. To unwind and generate fresh thoughts, try doing the dishes, cleaning, folding laundry, or doing other housework. The tidy house may also offer you the impression of a new beginning (hence, better writing!)
If you're tired, detached, or uninterested in your task, try reviving your vitality with aerobic exercise. It may be anything that makes you joyful and raises your heart rate, such as jogging, walking, or dancing. Even ten minutes can improve your mood and your writing. Exercise allows your body and mind to function at their optimum. It causes the production of endorphins, which are substances that improve your mood. You'll probably overcome writer's block if you feel more creative and enthusiastic.
These are the few ways I choose to deal with my writer’s block. Remember, it’s okay not to be perfect all the time. Sometimes all you need to do to overcome writer's block is to simply push through and start. You’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of.