We’ve all heard of the term “writer’s block.” Even if you’ve never experienced it – as a writer or otherwise – you know exactly what it means. How someone gets caught up without the words to say, or without the ideas to create, and it leaves them frustrated and un-typing. Sometimes before they’ve already started a piece of text, and other times, right in the middle of an incredible plot twist … only the person who invented it doesn’t know where to take it next.
As a writer, it’s a condition that’s about as terrible as it gets; it keeps you from continuing your craft. Sometimes altogether, while others, you are stuck with all of the “bad” ideas and none of the good ones. No matter what way writer’s block might be affecting you, take to this simple guide for ways to keep the ideas coming, even on the days where that feels impossible.
1. Get Rid of the Distractions
First things first, what’s around that’s keeping you distracted? Are there people? Snacks? TV droning on in the background? Try you best to create a quiet environment that can allow you to concentrate. (Or one that’s making only productive noises.) All to frequently, writers think their ideas are “blocked” when in reality, they’re just not able to think their own thoughts in peace. Find the quiet, and you’ll likely find the words.
2. Search Creatively
If you know what you’re doing with Google, you can seriously step up your online searching game. You can have topic ideas sent directly to your inbox; you can spend less time finding better topics. Searching outside of the box, or with various topics, can drop new ideas into your head, and help you to think creatively. That’s a step that can keep the words flowing all on its own.
3. Learn to Think for Writing Prospects
The more you write, the more you get used to thinking toward idea-mindedness. That way, when having conversations with others, or when spacing and searching online randomly, you can make note of interesting topics. You’ll learn to backlog ideas to write about later on, which, in turn, will help combat your blockage each and every time it pops up.
4. Use a Prompt
Whether you search for ideas or keep an actual book of what to do when you can’t write, find a quirky idea to get the fingers flowing. Pull a word out of the dictionary and use it in a circus theme. Pick the last text you received and create a back-story from the 18th century. These exercises are quick, yet offer a much-needed change of pace that can help in other areas of writing, too.
5. Write About Something Else
Seriously. Warm up with a topic that’s not causing you stress, and see if you can accomplish something. It might not be great, but it’s a way to stretch your writing muscles and to ease yourself into the process of typing something out. Even if that’s just for the sake of typing.
6. Take a Break
Yes, really. Step away from the keyboard and find something else to do. Even for a short period of time, it can help to do something different … don’t even think about writing during this break. Allow yourself this much needed change of pace and you’re likely to see some incredible results from your efforts. Even if your writing needs frequent and regular stopping points, it becomes an easy way to beat the block.