If you are a content writer, chances are you’ve experienced writer’s block at some point during your career. It can be frustrating and make you feel as though your goals are impossible to reach. If you have an upcoming deadline, it can cause even more stress.
But what exactly is writer’s block? Writer’s block is the feeling of not knowing what to write next and losing the creative motivation to proceed with a piece; essentially, it’s the feeling of being stuck. This can last a few days, or it can last for months. But don’t worry; there are many steps you can take to overcome writer’s block and get your creative juices flowing again.
Create a writing routine: Try to schedule times to write. Whether it’s a paragraph every morning at 10am or writing every couple of days, you’ll get into the habit of writing regularly. This can also help you curb your procrastination and improve your self-discipline. Even if you’re not feeling very creative, write something anyway!
Go for a walk: Going for a walk is a great way to relax your brain and take a break from the writing world. Most people tend to let their minds wander freely as they walk, which is helpful when it comes to generating new ideas! Take half an hour to explore the neighbourhood or even walk around your office building. When you come back to your task, you’ll feel refreshed and may have some new motivation.
Read: Read something. Anything. Whether it’s a blog post or a simple newspaper article, reading can be inspiring and get you thinking about different words and phrases to use in your own pieces. Take half an hour out of your day and read anything you can. Personally, I find that reading puts me in a writing mood and many others feel the same!
Freewrite: One of the best ways to get over writer’s block is to just write. Set a timer for about ten minutes and write whatever comes to mind without stopping or considering spelling and grammar. By participating in a freewriting session, you aim to stop yourself from over-thinking and being too critical. Of course, the topics you write about in your freewriting sessions don’t have to relate to your project at all! As long as you’re writing something, even if it’s totally ridiculous, you’re making progress and getting into a writing headspace!
Change your location: This option is great for those who work from home! Sometimes, sitting in the same place every day can feel repetitive and make you lose your motivation. Sounds like you need a change of scenery! Whether it’s your favourite coffee shop or a friend’s house, changing locations for a day can really make a difference with your productivity. Observe the sights and sounds around you and write down anything you feel inspired by. By the end of the day, you’ll be sure to have many new ideas!
Put on some music: Music is helpful when it comes to bringing out emotion. First decide the tone of your writing: is it sad? Happy? Scary? Then choose songs that match this tone and play them while you write. You’ll have words flowing in no time, especially if you’re someone who loves music!
You don’t have to feel stuck forever. The good news about writer’s block is that it doesn’t last forever, but if you do nothing about it, your to-do list will only continue to grow, and so will your stress levels. Hopefully these tips help free you from writer’s block and put you on the path to productivity! Happy writing!