Experiencing Writer’s Block? Try These 4 Tips

By Fallon Brannon on May 31, 2021

Experiencing writer’s block has to be one of the most difficult “catches” as a writer. The frustrating feeling of wanting to write, but not knowing what to write is all too familiar. The same point could apply to visualizing the end product, details, and structure including, but not knowing how or where to start. Or, sometimes those feelings could get so overwhelming that you become discouraged from even starting. And as a writer myself, I have dealt with, and still am struggling with these figurative barriers to overcome my writing anxieties because I truly cannot see myself pursuing any other profession.

Whether you consider yourself to be a poet, novelist, songwriter, or screenwriter, the looming dark cloud of writer’s block has affected you in some capacity. Here are some tips to combat writer’s block.

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1. Write REGARDLESS.

When writer’s block appears, it may seem easier to put off your writing until you garner some type of inspiration or creativity again. We may wait for something out of the ordinary to occur, some type of sign, or we may even make mental bets with ourselves. But, what happens if you’re looking for those ‘aha’ moments in the wrong places? Imagine yourself as a miner digging for gold. What’s really stopping you? That jog of inspiration may be buried deep into your own work; you just have to start digging. Not every opportunity presents itself willingly, sometimes finding it on your own is the answer. This is your sign to keep writing REGARDLESS!

2. Give yourself a mental break. 

Every writer knows the amount of deep thought, contemplation, detail, and hard work that pertains to strategically writing anything. Writing is a process, regardless of the assignment. Therefore, it can be time-consuming and also mentally draining if some form of break is not taken to recharge your brain. You’ll risk the chance of not only experiencing a writing hindrance but risking complete burnout and discouragement to continue. Allow yourself some downtime to reorganize your thoughts; do an activity that doesn’t require much concentration such as watching television, going out for a run, or playing some music. Relax, your work will still be there.

3. Erase the need for perfection.

Perfection is not real. To be imperfect is to be human. Blunt and simple. Take me for instance. I probably backspaced, deleted, and rewrote more words to write this article than I could count on my hands and feet combined. Not to mention, there are also editors to edit my missed mistakes. Every piece of writing has or had a rough draft. If you’re scoping out a piece of work by your favorite writer, you’re only witnessing the finished product. Some pieces of work may have taken weeks, months, or even years to the final draft, but seem effortless to the public eye. As the audience, we never truly see the total amount of physical, emotional, and mental effort put into a masterpiece; only the artist knows. So, don’t be so hard on yourself!

4. Acknowledge that this will pass. 

As the old saying goes, “This too shall pass.” Apply this to your writer’s block. Or, don’t even acknowledge the hindrance as writer’s block at all; completely erase it from your vocabulary. This may very well be a short period of mental blockage that lessens the deeper you dive into your craft. As stated before, try giving yourself a break and focus on another low-brained-powered activity. Then, come back to your work and see how you feel. Acknowledging that your writing hindrance will pass is a powerful mechanism to give yourself some encouragement, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to recharge your brain.

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