All writers have gone through it at one point or another. It’s something we all hate, and it hinders our ability to write effectively. Yes, you guessed it, writer’s block.
Writer’s block happens when you want to write, and you’re prepared to write, but you don’t know where to start or get to a point in your writing and get stuck. Sometimes you can be stuck for a few minutes, other times, a few hours, and even a few weeks or months.
When you have a hard deadline and get struck by the block, it adds more pressure and anxiety on you to produce your best work. According to Neil Patel, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, a few causes of writer’s block can include perfectionism, performance pressure, fear of rejection, etc.
However, there are a few ways to try to break yourself out of the block.
Take a break
You’re probably wracking your brain and staring at the page, thinking the words are just going to pour out your brain, through your eyes, to the page like creative word vomit.
(Sometimes, that does happen!) But taking a break, getting up to take a walk, cleaning something or running errands could soothe your mind a little while allowing the ideas to flow through. For example, if you take a break to get groceries, a new paragraph could pop into your head while you’re picking up a loaf of bread. Crazy, right?
Put yourself in your audience’s shoes
If you weren’t the writer and were just a reader, what would you want to happen next? What would you like to learn from this piece? This would also give you the opportunity to decide if you want to be straightforward with your work to feed into what you THINK the audience would like to know. You may even choose to take a hard left and completely switch up the game to shock them altogether.
Sleep on it
Believe it or not, many people have been able to beat writer’s block through sleep and dreams. If you write before bed or even have the thought of your article/story on your mind, your dreams will reflect that to give you the inspiration you may be looking for.
Try to do additional research on your topic or theme and start free-writing. Now, free-writing can leave you with a bunch of weird words, horrible grammar and sentence structures. But it’s your brain emptying all the thoughts, and at the end, you can go fishing in the madness to see if anything stands out or would be beneficial in your overall piece.
If all these fail…
Do something that keeps you relaxed and centered. Doing this long enough will keep you clear-headed and allow your brain to produce the content you’re searching for. Everyone has something that helps take their mind off of the outside world. (Don’t they?)