Tips and Tricks for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is the bane of any author’s existence, but what few writers realize is it is fairly easy to overcome. Overcoming writer’s block is as simple as taking a few simple steps to refresh and regroup before moving forward. If you’re suffering from this annoying affliction that’s slowing down your production, take some of the tips below, and test them out for yourself.

Lock yourself in
One of the major contributors to writer’s block is distraction and outside stimuli. A common, and often successful, a combatant of this frustrating condition is to simply lock yourself in a quiet room for a determined amount of time. For example, give yourself one hour of uninterrupted time in a comfortable room to consider and think about what you want your piece of writing to look like.

Unplug
Distractions from your cell phone, pings from your computer’s email notifications, or other electronic distractions can take up a lot of space in your mind, distracting you and preventing you from getting your ideas down on paper (or on-screen, more likely). Eliminate as many of these noises as possible – you may even want to go as far as sitting down with a paper and a pen and writing down some ideas before plugging back in.

Just start writing
One of the most helpful tips you can learn is a writer is to just start writing. Imagine that you are a construction worker and that your book is a house. Are you going to go in and work on one room at a time until each room is 100 percent complete with plumbing and flooring and paint? Or are you going to build the frame of the entire house first, and work on details later? Definitely the latter. It is the same thing with your book. There is a ton of time for rewriting and editing later. For now, get the blueprint down, get the frame built. Forget perfection and just write down the first thing you can think of, even if you think it’s total garbage. That garbage idea could be the catalyst for something incredible.

Walk away
Sometimes you just need a bit of time away from a project to loosen up so you can get back into the swing of things. You’ve spent so much time in the project that now all you can think is “what’s next” and the outcome is no longer going to be organic. Step away for a few minutes, a few hours, even a few days. Let yourself enjoy something else and then come back to it with fresh eyes.
Give yourself a routine

Part of the problem is the feeling that you should constantly be working on your project, but that is so much pressure to put on yourself. overtime, you’re going to become overwhelmed by the looming project, which may cause you to inadvertently procrastinate. Tell yourself that you’re going to put in 2 or 3 hours a day. Decide which hours, and what you need to do to prepare for those writing hours. Maybe you need to come in freshly showered, having just eaten, and with a fresh cup of coffee. Routine promotes flow and continuity.

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