How to Overcome Writer’s Block
I would love to become a writer who could pick up his pen or computer and start writing without running out of ideas. Unfortunately, that’s not me.
As professional as I am, there are times I get stuck. I would sit for hours thinking and thinking…nothing.
This isn’t a flaw; trust me. Most professional and highest-paid writers also experience writer’s block. What makes this amazing is overcoming it and coming up with much more exceptional and lucrative ideas.
There have been times when I ran out of ideas, although I started writing with good inspiration and lots of ideas. Overcoming writer’s block could be a pretty big problem as it could be frustrating, especially for new or upcoming writers. I can testify to this as I have experienced it.
How to overcome writer’s block with less struggle
Get a Clear Mind
The first step to overcoming writer’s block is to get a clear mind. Trust me. You can’t come up with ideas when you’ve got so much on your mind. You’ll only be sitting with your pen in your hand while you stare at the sheet in front of you and nothing will come up.
It’s very much understandable that every ‘sensible’ and ‘mentally okay’ human always have something reasonable to think about. Writers aren’t robots. We’re humans, therefore to overcome your ‘writer’s block’, you should clear your mind first.
Clearing your mind could be as simple as talking to friends or doing something else to get your mind off what’s bothering you.
An excellent example of this is a guy (writer) who just got dumped. He’d be thinking about his ex.
You might be bothered by something else entirely. It’s logical. But you need to keep it aside and try to concentrate on your project (writing) and only your project.
You can’t come up with new ideas or work (write) effectively with a clouded mind. Even if you manage to, there’ll be lots of errors in your writing, and that won’t be good.
In addition to this, make sure your mood is as calm as possible before you start writing.
Don’t Be Hard on Yourself
It is as simple as saying “don’t force it”, especially when you’re working on a project with no deadline.
So, you started writing as the ideas came flowing. It felt good, right? But as soon as you run out of ideas, what did you feel? Not good at all, trust me, I know the feeling. But don’t be hard on yourself.
Just because you ran out of ideas or got stuck at a point in writing doesn’t make you less. Writer’s block is normal, and I’ll even say it’s okay because it gives me time to stay away from my projects for some time and quickly do something else.
Who knows, another inspiration could pop up, and I get another project to work on.
The only solution here is to accept ‘writer’s block’ as normality, flow with it, and don’t be hard on yourself.
Know Your Trick
As a writer, you should know what works best for you (your trick) every writer’s got one.
There are loads of advice available, especially online. However, as you develop your writing skill and career, you get to know and understand what works best for you and what doesn’t.
You should know your style of writing. Some writers could pick up any book and start writing on it as soon as they’re done reading. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for everyone (writer).
Don’t start writing with a style because it’s one of the fastest and most productive methods for income (money). If you do, you could end up wasting your valuable time as you would get stuck many times, and there’s a slim chance of you being able to finish the project (writing), all because you don’t know your trick.
Fetch For More Ideas
Why don’t you go source for more ideas? There are several ways you can get more ideas for your project. Don’t just sit or walk around thinking of what to write next. Nobody wants to read trash!
You can ‘Google Search’ for ideas using keywords or keyphrases related to the topic you’re writing on. You can also talk to friends who you think might know something related to the subject you’re writing.
Sometimes when I get stuck writing, I call friends who blog, write, and work on niches very much related to what I am writing on.
After talking to two or three friends, I eventually came up with ideas, and I soon went back to continue my writing. This way, I also get more essential ideas for my project.
It is also essential to talk to people who’ll motivate you and not make you feel otherwise. Motivation is useful in overcoming writer’s block. Remember, you can also motivate yourself by thinking of the bigger picture.
Don’t Make Excuses
One unspoken truth about writer’s block is that most times it isn’t ‘writer’s block”.
For instance, you’re good at writing Romance novels, but you signed up for a Science fiction writing project because of the big and attractive payment. Trust me. You’re in soup!
The simple truth is that you don’t know what you’re writing about.
Here is a simple illustration “Instead of taking coffee just because others are taking coffee, why don’t you take tea which tastes better for you”.
Don’t pick up or take projects on subjects or topics you’re not good at because of the high payment involved. You can be a king or queen in that little niche you’ve got more knowledge about.
Although writers should develop their knowledge in other niches, it’s more advisable for writers not to experiment on projects until you’re sure of your skills, knowledge, and capability in such a niche. If you do, you might get stuck, and you’d interpret it as “writer’s block’, which honestly isn’t.
Never Give up
This is one of the ultimate general rules of writing. Don’t give up just because you ran out of ideas. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s normal. As frustrating as it may sound, it could take days or weeks before the ideas start coming back. The solution here is patience.
Most newbie writers quickly give up not only on the project but on their writing career. Learn to overcome your fear, “Rome wasn’t built in a day. Besides, don’t get intimidated by the works of prominent and professional writers, they also started like everyone else.
Sincerely, there were times I had to stop and dump personal projects (Mostly novels) because I ran out of ideas and it didn’t seem to be coming anytime soon.
Honestly, I regretted this; I wasted valuable time on the projects, and some which I had dumped halfway turned out to be very much more expensive than I had imagined.
No writing is wasted (Except you’ve written a pile of incomprehensible rubbish). Even short stories get sold on Amazon. Don’t dump your writings. Save them as drafts and keep them, sooner or later, much more fascinating ideas will come, and they might even turn out more valuable than you think.
In conclusion, the keys to overcoming writer’s block are patience, persistence, and development. You should also create an outline for your writing (I explained this more on “Easy Ways to Effectively Improve Your writing Skills”).
It will help you overcome your writer’s block because you can always go back to your outline whenever you run out of ideas.
In addition to my conclusion, don’t be a static writer, gather more knowledge from different sources available, and develop yourself.