[guest post by Joan Herbert]
Writer’s block can be caused by anything from overdoing it to simply having nothing new to say in that moment, but whatever the cause, it can often be excruciating.
However, just because you are blocked it doesn’t mean you have to stay that way. A lot of writers see this as the end but it can actually be the beginning of a new wave of creativity if you are a bit patient and open to change. In this article, you will find five of the most useful tips to help you beat the block and get back to blogging.
1. Take a break
One of the first things that you should do to beat the block is to take a break. You might think that the best way to get the juices flowing is to sit down and force yourself to come up with something, but this will only wear you out, as well as your ideas.
Close your laptop and go and have something to eat or watch a little TV, and you can return after an hour or so with a fresh perspective.
2. Go outside and talk to people
Writing is an art form steeped in isolation from being in the same environment for hours at a time. While this may be OK while you are in the flow of writing your next blog post, it can be harmful to you when writer’s block occurs.
When you take a break, it’s a good idea to go outside into the world, amongst people and nature for a change of scenery. Not only is the fresh air helpful to your mood, but being around people and talking to them is always a great way to spark ideas.
3. Shake up your routine
Part of your writer’s block could be due to the fact that your brain has gotten used to the same routine day in and day out. So switch up your routine by writing at night instead of in the morning or maybe write outside or in a cafe. Aim to inject a little change and excitement into your routine and it will have a positive effect on you.
4. Make notes / brainstorm
One of the easiest ways to fight writer’s block is by brainstorming and taking notes. Try not to think too hard about the subject and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t take a lot of notes – the objective here is to get you writing something and get those juices flowing.
5. The five minute exercise
The five-minute exercise is a perfect way to kick your brain into gear. All you have to do is, for five minutes straight, write down whatever comes to mind. It could be anything, just make sure that you write something. When the five minutes are up, review what you wrote and see if there are any ideas there; rinse and repeat until you get something that sticks.
Writing, and blogging, in particular, is one of the most satisfying art forms on this planet. It gives you a chance to truly express your emotions and opinions and share them with the world. So, when you feel like you can no longer do such a great thing, it’s understandable you might feel a little defeated. Just don’t give up! As you have seen in this article, there are plenty of tried and tested methods that you can try out to defeat the block. Next time you can’t get rid of the blank white page, remember the tips above and put them into practice.
** About the Author: Joan Herbert is an Assistant Manager at Bank-Opening-Times.co.uk, a curious individual, and avid reader and a passionate creative writer.