Stuck with a case of writer’s block? Let’s see if we can find your method to defeat it.
Hello! How are you doing today? I hope you are all happy and well! I’m back with a post that is inspired by a problem I currently have. A problem that occurs to millions of writers.
The dreaded writer’s block.
I’m confident that all writers sometime in their life have had a case of writer’s block. It’s something that every writer fears! Writer’s block can be many things but is most known as a feeling of being “stuck” and unable to write anything new.
Writer’s block also has many different causes as well. Some of the more popular ones are:
1. Writers feel like they have to follow the “rules” of writing.
2. Writers that would get angry if their writing went unnoticed.
3. Writers worry that they aren’t good enough.
4. Writers don’t want their work to be compared to others’ writing which results in no writing at all.
6. External Problems
There’s also a thing called writer’s rut, which is the lack of wanting to write. Both are writing nightmares. Overcoming them is a daunting process that is specific to the individual. Not everyone will have the same method of overcoming writer’s block. That’s why I’m here today to help you find your method of overcoming writer’s block.
To do that, I’ve found 23 different ways to overcome both of these problems. Go ahead and try as many of these methods as you need to find your method. But remember, sometimes experience and trial and error might be the best method overall.
1. Take a break. Step away from your writing.
2. Exercise. Get up and get moving. Staring at a blank screen won’t doing anything for you. You aren’t going to get “unstuck” just by sitting there. In fact, you won’t accomplish anything by sitting there. Try going outside. Breathe the fresh air.
3. Sleep on it. This is one of the methods that has helped me a bit. Most of my ideas, most of my motivation come from the moments right before I fall asleep. That’s where I get my inspiration.
4. Change your location or the time you write. Shake things up a bit! A change of surroundings might spark your inspiration in new ways. Try switching your writing time to the morning before work or school. That way you can’t make up excuses to not write later in the day.
5. Write something new. Change up your genre, your perspective. Try writing in the other gender. Just let your imagination loose and have fun with it! Writing doesn’t have to be serious all the time. Maybe if you were to write a different way, you might end up liking that way better.
6. Create a playlist. Add music to a playlist that reminds you of a certain character. Use the music to set the mood, to get you into the writing mood. But don’t spend all your time looking for music as it can be a great waste of your precious writing time.
7. Eliminate distractions. Download an app or a Chrome extension that will block out certain websites or apps. That way you can only use the software you write on. This will help you focus just on your writing and not on the limitless, online content that surrounds you.
8. Create a Pinterest board. I recently started a Pinterest board of my own and I’ve found that it has helped me come up with ideas, and has set the mood. It helps me visualize my characters, the setting, the culture, places, and times. My Pinterest board has saved my skin, multiple times!
9. Take a shower. “Research shows that when you’re doing something monotonous (such as showering, walking, or cleaning), your brain goes on autopilot, leaving your unconscious free to wander without logic-driven restrictions. In other words, you’re more able to daydream and make creative connections that you might otherwise miss.” -Reedsy Blog
10. Use a sketchbook. Buy a sketch book just for the WIP you are working on. Try drawing out your characters, a scene, the currency in your world, a map, a symbol, magic, their home, a place, something that represents your story, an accessory, the type of clothing they wear, and much more! If you don’t want to full-on draw your characters, you could even draw a small part of them like their eyes, or their hands, or their wings, or their elf ears, etc. This will not only help you get into the mood but can help you visualize your novel much better.
11. Interact with your characters. Pull out each of your characters from your story. Sit down and have a chat with them. Show them your closet and ask them what they would wear. Turn on some music and ask them if they like the song. Argue with them. Interview them. Ask them to share a memory with you. Talk to them about their backstory. Imagine their voice. What would they sound like? What would their laugh sound like? This will help you bond with your characters more.
12. Inkflow. Try this app, Inkflow which instead of having you write down your ideas, you can use more of a visual process by moving around your drawings, and doodles.
13. Plotter or Pantser? Are you a plotter or are you a panster? For one day, try being the other type. If you are more of a plotter, try pansting for one day. If you are a panster, try plotting for one day. Mix things up!
14. Inspiration Frenzy. Set a timer for a certain amount of time, preferably a writing sprint of around 25 minutes. Write down as many words as you can in that time period but here’s the catch. NO EDITS! Just pour out your thoughts!
15. Start at the end of your book. Mix things up again! Starting from the end of your book will help you gain a different perspective.
16. Brainstorm. Set a timer. Write down ALL of your ideas whether they be good or bad, something you want to have in your novel or not. Don’t worry about grammar, or spelling, or punctuation. Just throw all those ideas in that lovely brain of yours down on paper.
17. Stop while you are on a roll. “Always stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck. Don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. ” -Ernest Hemingway
18. Flash fiction. Take a break from your WIP and write a flash fiction story ranging from 200 words to 500 words. You can even use writing prompts! That way you can show your mind you can finish a story even if it is short, and it will work you up to finishing your novel.
19. Meditate. This will help bring your brain back to focus and back to your WIP. This will also help you unlock the creative side of your brain. One of my favorite meditating channels is Boho Beautiful Yoga.
20. Pomodoro Technique. Sit down, set a timer for 25 minutes, and DO NOT get up until the timer is done. Take a three-minute break and then sit down for another 25-minute sprint. If you feel like you didn’t write anything good, at least you wrote down something. You are on the right track.
21. Use pen and paper. Shut down that computer or laptop and switch to the good old-fashioned pen and paper. Some writers find that it helps their inspiration flow better.
22. Write down all your accomplishments. Instead of focusing on what you haven’t done, write down a list of the things you have done!
22. Strengths and weaknesses. Sit down and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Determine what you are good at and focus on that. Then find what you are bad at and fix it.
23. Determine your purpose. Remind yourself why you are writing. Why do you want to get this WIP done? Why do you write? What’s your message? What’s your purpose? Why do you get up each morning? Having these goals in sight will motivate you to get the job done.
And that’s all my tips! Hopefully, you are able to try some of them and find your method to defeating writer’s block. There is no one way to overcome these two problems. Remember, your own experiences might be one of the best methods as well. Good luck on your writing journey!
Tell me below: What was your favorite method I listed? What are the methods you use?
Have a lovely day and we will see you next time!