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5 Things To Do When You Have Writers Block

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It Happens Over and Over Again

Writing is an occupation that comes with a unique set of challenges, including the dreaded moments of writers block.

Writing is an occupation that comes with a unique set of challenges, including the dreaded moments of writers block.

The Misery

Let's face it; we've all had writers block every now and again. It's that horrible feeling when your mind is blank, despite having the drive and the passion to write. It happens to the best of us, but it can be quite annoying, especially if your main occupation is writing. Here are some simple things that you can do or practice to try and help motivate you to write and get rid of your writers block.

1. Take A Break

One of the most important things to do when you have writers block is not to push or force yourself to write, and to actually take a break. Many times, writers feel like if they take a break, they will just be procrastinating and risk giving up on their project. If you are worried about this, give yourself a rough time frame for your break. Maybe think about making some coffee or going and grabbing some lunch somewhere. Maybe you just want to talk a walk and get some fresh air. However you choose to spend your break, make sure you are doing something to relax your mind. You might find that during your break you find inspiration for something to write about just by taking your mind off of writing for a little bit!

2. Exercise Time Management

Maybe you have a time limit on what you are working on, or maybe you feel like you don't have much time left in the day to complete the project you said you would be working on. Think about how you want to manage your time writing, whether that means locking yourself in your room for a few hours until you get it all done or writing in short bursts with reasonable breaks in between. However you decide to make your writing schedule is up to you, but it is very important to have a writing schedule and stick to it, because a lot of times, this could prevent writers block from happening if you have a sense of what you need to do and when you need to get it done.

Planning Ahead

Implementing some time management skills and planning ahead can help to curb some of your writers block.

Implementing some time management skills and planning ahead can help to curb some of your writers block.

3. Try Journaling or Freewriting

Something that could always potentially help you during a spell of writers block is taking the time to write random thoughts down on paper. Journaling or "freewriting" are two ways to get warmed up for writing. Just go to the computer or write on paper, whichever is more comfortable for you. Start writing whatever comes into your mind at that very second, even if it's just "I don't know what to write" over and over again for a few minutes. Eventually, you should be able to start writing something because your mind will start focusing a little bit better on the task at hand. This informal writing also might spark some creativity or give you some ideas on things to write about for work.

4. Give Yourself Goals

Setting goals and intentions for your writing is another great way to make sure you are staying on track and also to prevent writers block. Much like creating the schedule, setting a goal will help you to keep your eyes on the prize. If you know exactly what needs to be done and how long you have to do it, you are more likely to put that plan into action and stay focused longer on the task at hand.

Take A Deep Breath

Relaxing things such as drinking a nice hot cup of tea can help you ease tension so that you can get back to focusing on the task at hand.

Relaxing things such as drinking a nice hot cup of tea can help you ease tension so that you can get back to focusing on the task at hand.

5. Try Some Relaxation Techniques

Sometimes taking a short break just isn't enough. We have all experienced anxiety from time to time in relation to writing and getting projects done. Something that can help ease the anxiety is to practice some relaxation techniques. This could involve deep breathing exercises, meditation, or listening to soft, relaxing music. You could also get some essential oils put in a diffuser and have them next to you. Lavender can be a great relaxant and anything with that scent, candles, lotion, or a diffuser, can instantly make you feel better. A calming cup of tea is also another good option for this practice. I find also that when I'm really tense and stressed out, I like to ask my fiance to rub my shoulders or give me a quick back and neck massage. If you have someone around that will do that for you, definitely go for it! It is a very relaxing experience! If not, I know they do make massage pads for chairs that definitely will help ease tension in your body as well.

Conclusion

Writers block is one of the toughest and most annoying things that writers face. It can often make us feel defeated, inadequate, and discouraged. If you have a good plan in place for when these kinds of things happen, you will get through your writers block with grace and ease. There will always be tough moments with writing, but if you are a writer, one thing is for certain; you are strong, and you can get through this.

Comments

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 11, 2021:

Thank you!

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 11, 2021:

Its very useful , thank you for sharing it,Anne

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 11, 2021:

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on June 10, 2021:

Well said!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 10, 2021:

I have that many times, writer's block made me feel useless. Interesting to know about what can cause writers to feel at the worst.

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