How To Beat Writer's Block
Writer’s Block. It happens to the best of us. But DON’T let it be a reason why you’re not writing! So many times I hear writers use Writer’s Block as an excuse to not write for day, weeks, even months at a time. But here’s the thing: you don’t have writer’s block. You are just choosing not to write.
If you’re choosing not to write, here are some ways to help you get back your inspiration and make you want to write again:
Don’t Let Wifi Block Your Mind
I know for me, my biggest distraction while writing is the internet. I always say I’m going to write and then I sit down and before I know it, I’ve been on Twitter for an hour.
When you’re writing, try turning off the WiFi on all of your devices or putting them into airplane mode. Don’t make it easy for you to distract yourself!
Word Vomit It Out
Basically, write whatever comes to your mind. It doesn’t matter if it makes any sense at all. It can sound like a foreign language and that’s fine! As long as you’re getting some ideas out, that’s all that matters. Eventually something will spark in your mind and you’ll start creating something you didn’t even know you had in you.
If you’re having a little trouble with inspiration, writing every day really helps. Another thing that really helps is to have prompts or guides to help you start thinking about something new. I have an entire Writing Prompt Journal that I made exactly for this reason and it truly helps to get the creative juices flowing.
Move Around To Get Thoughts Moving
If you always write while lying in bed, try a change of scenery. Go to a coffee shop or bring a notebook to a park. Sometimes, just having a change in where you are can spark new ideas you didn’t even know you had in you.
Talk To Yourself (It’s okay, you’re not weird)
Okay, maybe don’t do this if you’re writing in a coffee shop, but when I’m writing at home, I love to talk through things to myself. Sometimes it helps to verbally say your sentences out loud rather than writing them. You can then scribe them later. Record yourself when you’re talking and then later use the pieces you want to use. This is particularly effective when writing dialogue.
Stop Yelling At Yourself
When you’re having trouble writing, it’s easy to be mad at yourself and to think negative thoughts. It’s easy to bring yourself down. But you need to change that internal dialogue. That negativity is only going to keep you in that uninspired space.
Instead of thinking to yourself, “Gosh, why can’t you write anything?!?”, think to yourself: “I just haven’t written anything yet. Let’s do it.”
If you have any questions, or need some inspiration, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram at @kaitlyn.luckow :)