Have you ever experienced writer’s block? Many writers will tell you, it’s not fun. But how do you escape this agonizing situation? Here are six ideas to help you get unstuck.
-Small steps: Work on a small, easy part of your project. Can you revise a scene or rework some dialogue?
-Freestyle it: Set a timer for ten minutes and write about anything, preferably not something having to do with your story. This will stimulate your creative juices, so you can hopefully get back on track.
-Take a walk: Sometimes, the nastiest part of writer’s block is anxiety. We begin to believe the worst of our writing and think we’ll never write another word. Taking the time to remove yourself from the situation and calm down can sometimes help.
-Write someplace new: A different surrounding can often put you in the right frame of mind to create again.
-Write junk: Allow yourself permission to write without editing. Respect the first draft as a FIRST DRAFT. It won’t be perfect. Remembering that can get you writing again.
-Shift your focus: If you truly can’t get a word out, try working on something that helps develop the story. Interview your characters. Review your plot outline. Have a character journal about their feelings.
If all else fails, maybe you need a day off. Even the pros have to do this occasionally. Don’t beat yourself up. You’ll be back on the keyboard (or notebook) before you know it.
Do you have any quick fixes for writer’s block?