Writer’s Block: Three Ways To End It

The dreaded bane of a happy writer, writer’s block attacks every writer from time to time. It is as unpredictable as the flu, and often more uncomfortable! Why it occurs can sometimes be a mystery. How to end it, however, is fairly simple and straightforward. These techniques will help a writer stop writer’s block from paralyzing them, and avoid blocks in the future.
1. Always have multiple writing projects going on at the same time. Even if you are facing a deadline, or have a major project going, writer’s block is best avoided by working on several projects at the same time, even if you only work on each for a little bit of time. The reason for this is that multiple projects allow many avenues of thought. If you get stumped on one project working on another can open avenues of thought again. Having another project also helps avoid frustration related to writer’s block, reducing related stress and anxiety, both of which only tend to increase the tendency that a block will linger.
2. Leave the project alone for a while and take a mental break. Exercise, sports, or some type of physical activity releases endorphins that can stimulate brain activity and free up clogged avenues of thought. The simple act of taking a break, even a sedentary one, can also allow writers to relax and free our minds from excessive concentration on our subject. This alone can break the cycle of writer’s block and allow free ideas to re-enter our minds.
3. Use an outline or organization system and work on different parts each time. This will allow you to work on one section if you get stuck on another. As you progress through a section it is easier to overcome being stuck somewhere else. In addition, an outline gives focus and direction for a writer and allows us to summarize ideas for a section or chapter. This prevents a block because the ideas are already formulated and expressed. From this point they need only be expanded upon and fleshed out.
To avoid writer’s block follow these simple strategies:
1. Write only about something that has a strong appeal for you. Passion produces power and that power can easily be used to produce a solid piece of writing that is filled with strong voice and attitude. Generally speaking, this is some of the best writing to read because it tends to be captivating and exciting.
2. If you are feeling self-conscious about your writing and are unsure if you can handle a particular topic sit down with a few friends and have a casual discussion. Keep note of the best ideas and use them to formulate an outline or summary. This will give you confidence that you know what you are doing and will generate ideas that will strengthen your piece.
3. Plan properly for a project. Use an outline. Break the project into segments and flesh out each segment so that the project is “written” before actual paragraphs are produced.
Writer’s block is not a condition that just appears and stumps a writer. It is always a result of some issue that can be dealt with by employing strategies that avoid it. If it does happen, and it does to every writer at some point, using simple strategies that clear the mind and allow ideas to flow again will take care of it. Lack of proper preparation for a writing project is usually the biggest culprit, followed by a lack of familiarity with a concept. Using the above strategies will solve both issues and prevent writer’s block from taking hold.

No Comments Found

Leave a Reply