Smash That Writer's Block
The cursor blinks at you as your fingers hover above the keyboard. You’ve been staring at your computer screen for what feels like hours. The entire alphabet is at your disposal, yet a single word has yet to be formed. Before you start banging your head on the desk, take a deep breath. We’ve all been there.
Writer’s block is something everyone who writes experiences on a regular basis. While we can’t promise you an easy solution, we can offer a few points of advice that have worked for fellow people suffering from writer’s block.
When you are drawing a blank about a certain topic, sometimes quickly jotting down everything you know about the subject, without worrying about format, can help stimulate other ideas. Releasing your thoughts on paper without worrying about how pretty they look can free you from the constraints of grammar, cohesion, and clarity and can allow you to construct the backbone of your paper
2) Eliminate Distraction
This is a crucial element for success. Put your phone away. This doesn’t mean put it in your backpack, but away away, like in a different room away. You can reply to that text or look through your instagram feed right after you finish your work. This is all about self control! The less you have to tweet, like, share, or comment, the more you time and energy you have to finish that writing assignment.
3) Rise and Write
If you are experiencing writer’s block late in the evening, try mixing up your writing routine. After working all day, your brain tends to be tired, so why strain it even more? Try writing first thing in the morning when you are alert and your mind hasn’t yet been filled with the day’s stress and workload. Experiment with waking up earlier in the morning and setting aside time to write. Hopefully you will find that this eases that dreaded writer’s block.
4) Walk Away
This may seem counterintuitive, but when you are faced with a mean streak of writer’s block it can be incredibly beneficial to take a break. Dropping focus and walking away from your computer for 30 minutes can relieve stress and reinvigorate your creative flow. Do anything but sit in front of your computer. Take a walk. Pour yourself a bowl of cereal or take a quick shower. After you’ve let your mind rest for a bit, come back to your work. Sometimes all we need is a little distance from our writing so we can look at it with fresh eyes.
Although there is no “quick fix” to writer’s block, there are methods to help cope with temporary mental shortcomings. Writing methods are not “one size fits all,” so it is up to you to experiment with what works best for your writing style. With patience and practice you will be able to recognize and confidently cope with writer’s block.