Writers block. We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a paper, a blog post, or a project you’re working on, writer’s block happens. And it’s common. Everyone has a time when they have trouble writing or finding something in their head to put on a piece of paper. For me, I have my weeks. There will be a week here and there in which I don’t write anything decent at all. And it sucks, because I spend so much of my time/life/career writing! These weeks are not fun for my headspace, and I know that others feel the same problems. So, I am sharing my tips and tricks for working through the dreaded writer’s block.
- Make a Deadline – If you have a long paper or project you need to write, set up mini deadlines. Write a page here and a page by Wednesday, then by the end of the week you will have a paper (or rough draft) finished!
- Make an Outline – Create an outline for whatever you have to write. If it’s a story/script outline the plot, and if you’re writing a paper make an outline of the beginning, body, and conclusion. For those of you who get off track easily, I highly suggest an outline to keep you on task!
- Schedule time to Write – One thing that I have been taught is to write at the same time every day. Pretty soon you will get into the habit of writing at that time every day and you will just be able to let the creativity flow. Now it’s not always going to be a stroke of genius, but at least you get something out of your head and onto paper.
- Take Breaks – It’s tough to write for hours at a time. See how long you can create good writing and once you realize your brain is fried, take a break! Get some water, a snack, take a social media break, whatever. Just make sure you give your brain some time to breathe and then get back at it.
- Just Keep Writing – Taking a page from Dory’s book and just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing. Write even if you know it’s bad. Write even though you don’t have an idea. Just keep writing. If it sucks, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to do anything with the sucky material, but at least you were writing! Get those sucky ideas out when you’re in a groove and when you have a great idea the words will just flow with ease.