Are you struggling with writer’s block? You’re not alone. Many writers experience this frustrating phenomenon at some point in their careers. Especially if you’re like me, a writer who doesn’t write much anymore. It’s hard to find that groove again.
So whether you’re working on a novel, a blog post, or a research paper, writer’s block can be a major obstacle to getting your work done. But don’t despair! There are many tactics that can help you overcome writer’s block and get back to writing that I find useful. Fun fact: I’m mostly writing this list for myself, so that I can always reference back when my creativity needs some zhuzhing-up.
Here are 20 tactics that actually work:
1. Set a timer:
Sometimes, all you need is a little push to get started. Set a timer for a short amount of time, like 15 minutes, and start writing. You may find that once you get started, you can’t stop.
2. Take a break:
Sometimes, taking a break from your work can help you clear your head and come back to your writing with fresh eyes. Try going for a walk, doing some yoga, or listening to music to get your creative juices flowing.
3. Write by hand:
If you find that you’re having trouble getting your thoughts down on the computer, try writing by hand instead. Sometimes the physical act of writing can help you focus and overcome writer’s block.
4. Change your environment:
My personal favorite. For me, a change of scenery usually helps get me out of a rut. Try writing in a different room or at a different time of day. I like to head to the local coffee shop if I feel like I need some extra creativity.
I LOVE free writing! But it can be challenging – be warned. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and just write whatever comes to mind. Literally everything that comes into your mind; don’t stop writing. Meaning if you’re like “I don’t know what else to write” guess what? You’re going to write “I don’t know what to write” on that piece of paper!
Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or making sense. Just get your thoughts out on the paper. You might be surprised at what you come up with.
6. Take a shower:
Sometimes, taking a shower can help to clear your mind and get your creative juices flowing.
Read something: Reading can help to inspire new ideas and get your mind in a creative state.
7. Talk it out:
Talking through your ideas with someone else can help to clarify your thoughts and get the words flowing. Try bouncing ideas off a friend, family member, or writing partner.
8. Use prompts:
If you’re having trouble coming up with a topic or idea, try using writing prompts to get started. There are many resources available online, or you can create your own.
9. Write about something you’re passionate about:
When you’re writing about a topic that you’re truly passionate about, it’s easier to overcome writer’s block and produce your best work.
10. Break it down:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a large project, try breaking it down into smaller, manageable chunks. This can make it easier to tackle one piece at a time.
11. Use a mind map:
A mind map can help you organize your thoughts and ideas, and can be a great tool for overcoming writer’s block.
12. Listen to music:
Listening to music can help to put you in the right state of mind for writing. Try listening to instrumental music or something that helps you focus.
Journaling can be a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page, free up some space in that noggin of yours!
14. Take a walk:
Sometimes, taking a walk can help to clear your mind and get your creative juices flowing.
15. Take a nap:
Who are we kidding? Napping helps everyone, with everything. A nap can help to refresh your mind and give you the energy you need to overcome writer’s block.
16. Do Some Yoga:
Yoga is not just a physical practice, but it can also be a great way to clear your mind and focus your thoughts. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can be major contributors to writer’s block. Try incorporating some yoga into your daily routine, whether it’s a full practice or just a few minutes of deep breathing and stretching.
17. Practice gratitude:
Another of my favorites. Taking a moment to reflect on the things you’re grateful for can help to put you in a positive state of mind and make it easier to write. I like to sit down in front of my Gassho space, hands to heart, and really re-center myself. Combing this with journaling and/or yoga, or a mixture of the three, is a great remedy!
18. Get organized:
Sometimes, writer’s block can be caused by feeling overwhelmed or disorganized. Try getting your work area organized to help you focus. It always helps!
19. Be kind to yourself:
Remember that writer’s block is a common experience, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself the time and space you need to overcome it, and be patient with yourself as you work through it.
20. Read something:
Authors get more inspiration and ideas from reading other authors’ creations. Try picking up your current read!
By trying out these different tactics, you’ll be able to beat writer’s block and get back to writing. Remember that the key is to find the tactics that work best for you and stick to them!
Happy Writing, friends!