You sit down to write and there it is—writer’s block. We’ve all experienced it at one point in time or another. That overwhelming anxiety that no matter what you write, it just isn’t good enough. Or maybe the ideas aren’t flowing, and all you can think about is the fact that you are not writing. What can you do to overcome writer’s block? How do the experts deal with this annoyingly pervasive ailment?
People do not always associate writers as the most athletic and muscular folks. To the untrained eye, that might be accurate. Writer’s however have a muscle that most jocks do not, a “writing muscle”. It is important if you want to be a successful writer to get in a routine that works your “writing muscle” in different ways all the time. This can be different freewriting exercises, using writing prompts, or learning new vocabulary every day. I would spend at least 15 minutes or more a day writing something unrelated to your WIP. It may feel like a waste of time, but many authors have found some of their most notable ideas from freewriting.
Don’t only think of your writing muscles, think of all of your body too. It can be very beneficial to your writing to exercise regularly and stay in good shape. The better your body works, the less “bandwidth” your brain has to use on dealing with physical issues and can focus on your projects.
2. Live New Experiences
If all you do is lock yourself in a room and write, no matter who you are there will be a point where you run out of things to write about. The best
way to make sure this doesn’t happen to you is to take in new experiences. Instead of trying to write, read something (new or old). If you can’t thinkof how to write a scene about a father and son at a baseball game, go to a few games and observe.
While you are taking in new experiences, it is important to take in the experiences from as many perspectives as possible. After all, you are writing about different characters, the more you know how others act or find patterns, the more relatable your writing will become.
It is important to have a place that you are comfortable to write. A place that has limited distractions but access to inspiration. It has also been proven that a more organized workspace will allow your brain to focus on the task at hand. All of these things along with a few cups of coffee and a nice chair can go a long way to beating writer’s block.
Along with your “place,” it is also important to not only set a block of time each day to write but to also find what time of day is best for you. For some, this might be when you first wake up and your dreams are fresh or maybe at the end of the day as a way of retaining your experiences.