Writer’s Block is something that we as writers frequently pass through. You’re writing and suddenly, the words stop coming. These are words that seemed to flow from the tip of your pen earlier, rushing through your head and your heart, and out through your finger tips. Now they just dry up. You wake up, sit at your writing chair with your pen over the paper or your fingers hovering on the keyboard. And nothing.
What do you do in such situations? Here are a few tips…
Just continue writing:
Just keep writing down those words on the computer or down on paper, even if you don’t really think they are very good. What you consider a block may only mean that you need to stop, take a break and relax. It could also be your unconscious trying to tell you something about what you’re writing. Writing down those stumbling words makes you a channel rather than a dam. You can later edit, review or even delete what you don’t like, but by continuing to write, you’re building your writing muscles and this is very necessary if you intend to keep writing. You also build confidence in yourself and your writing by not giving up on what you have started.
Remain in contact with other writers:
Do not withdraw and cut yourself off from others. Doing this may actually reduce your creative flow and make you doubt yourself. Work with other writers or artistic people. If your circle is of writer, listen to them read, talk about writing with them, help them brainstorm plot ideas, build characters, or research their world building. By doing this, you keep your brain active and the creative energy generated will soon unlock your block.
Simply take a break:
Writing is usually a solo activity, just you and your writing pad or laptop/computer. When the words stop coming, it may just be that your brain is tired. Take a break, go on vacation or simply take time to be with friends and family. Focus on some other stuff, learn a new skill, acquire an interesting hobby, leave your muse alone and just have fun.
Take care of your health:
Being so hooked up into our writing can sometimes make us forget other aspects of our life especially when we’re doing a long project like a novel or a series. What you can do to take the time between blocks and to help channel back that muse is to refresh your mental, spiritual and physical health. You can go for long walks or pray. If you have other talents too that soothe you, now is the time to exercise them. Like cooking, drawing, painting, etc…
Consult an editor or a writer mentor:
Writing may be a selfish game but even the best of us need mentors, either our editors or just another writer we look up to. What these peeople can provide are a fresh pair of eyes and their experience in writing. Discuss your writing with them, share your plot ideas, your characters and explain what you think may be causing the problem. As you talk over it with them, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see new creative vistas of your storyline opening up to you.
Remember what made you love writing in the first place:
Most of us started writing as children. I personally started writing around ten or so when I had no access to books to feed my imagination and the stories in my head demanded to be let out. It could also be that something very important happened to you and you felt you had to write it out. When you experience a block, go back to that source. You may need to stop the project you are currently working on and start another. Recollect that first love – was it children’s adventures like me, a love letter/poem, a debate or topical article – and try to recreate it with honesty.
Read other people:
Those who read a lot always make the better writers. Of course talent is important but at the same time, you have to know what others are writing. This teaches you the hows, wheres, whys and whens of writing. You learn to dot your is and cross your tees and in the process appreciate other writers. Reading will also fuel your imagination and inspire you to know that it can be done. That short story, those series,, that novel, it can be completed.
All the best my fellow writers. Goo out there and conquer.