Writer’s block happens to the best of us. Every great writer has, at one point, reached a literary impasse. The ideas are in place but the word’s won’t come out. Whether you’re writing a novella or an analytics report, experiencing a block isn’t trademarked by 18th century wordsmiths.
Providing that you’re not under time constraints, writer’s block will inevitably pass. But until that happens, here are six things you can do to jumpstart yourself out of the self-diagnosed ‘Writer’s Block’.
1. Communicate with your readers (even if they’re not there)
The pressure of an audience reading your work, be it 10 people and 10,000, can usher in a block of the mind. To make yourself feel better, why not have an imaginary conversation with them. Don’t try to get into the mind of your reader but rather open a dialogue with them.
2. Embrace chaos
Over-enforced structure can often place creativity in a vice. Instead of worrying about deadlines and word counts, just do what you’re good at – write. The grammar doesn’t have to be perfect and the ideas can be your worst but the simple action of putting words to paper, regardless of how messy they are, will coerce your brain back to form.
3. Take a shower
We all get our best ideas in the shower because there is nothing else to do but think (and wash yourself). Staring at a screen or scouring the internet for inspiration is a pointless exercise. Take some time to relax and the infinitely expanding mass of your brain will reveal what you needed to see.
4. Shut down your computer
Author Austin Kleon once wrote about the difference between his digital and analogue desk. The analogue desk (meaning pen and paper) is where ideas are born and the digital desk serves the purpose of precise editing and publishing. Writing free-hand allows for a more explorative flow of creativity and the tactility of writing will inspire you.
5. Set yourself weird challengers
Getting out of writer’s block requires unconventional methods. By setting yourself weird challenges like writing solely in Haikus or trying to write 10 word sentences, you’ll force a gear shift in your creative mind and will put your writing ability to the test.
6. Accept that you’re not a tortured genius
Who cares if you have a middle parting and drink exclusively double shot espressos? You’re a blogger, not an opium-fueled machiavellian bard. Accept that you’re just having a few bad days and stop romanticising your block. Think positively, keep your head out of the oven and just write.