How to Beat Writer's Block
Writer's block is something that plagues many writers over their time writing. While often very mild, maybe only lasting a few days, for some people it can last months or even years. It is important to nip writer's block in the bud before it harms you and your creativity severely.
What is Writer's block?
Writer's block is a term many writers use to describe a feeling of inadequacy, disinterest, or distress from their work or lack of creative output. There's no solid test to know whether or not you have writers block. The term is so broadly defined in what exactly the experience is, it is often better to find the root cause.
Identifying the Problem
As said before, identifying what exactly the problem is is how you move past it. Many writers say writer's block when they mean something else.
Sometimes people mean "I feel like my writing is bad" when they say that they have writer's block. This is understandable, it can feel defeating when it feels like nothing you can write is good. This is something that can best be treated with a mindset change. You don't have to write well, you just have to write at all. You can write good things if you're not writing at all.
And besides that all, you don't really have much control over whether or not your work is perceived as good. You can try your best, but ultimately that's up to your audience. Share your work with your friends. There is nothing wrong with needing validation.
Lack of Inspiration
If your writer's block comes from lack of inspiration, then you need to find ways to inspire yourself. Whether this is as simple as writing from prompts, or even watching or reading something you enjoy and using that to kickstart a story. Remember that at this point, its not about writing well, it is simply about writing at all. Write something silly or dumb. You can even write fanfiction. You just want to get those creative juices flowing.
Some people use "writer's block" to refer to being stuck. Whether they wrote themselves into a corner or they simply don't know how to write something they want to write, this is pretty easy to solve. Move on! Put what you're writing off to the side and write another scene. Alternatively, write something else and return to the struggle spot later. Sometimes your mind just needs some time to work it out.
Just can't get the words out
A common saying when one is on writer's block, is that the writer simply "can't get the words out." Perhaps the creative juices aren't flowing or the words just aren't showing up. This is often the hardest thing to escape from. However, besides using the tips from the other types of writer's block, it is also sometimes the act of writing that can force writers to write. One trick is to find a book, newspaper, or other physical object, and then copy the words into a word document. The physical act of typing, or even handwriting if that's how you go about it, can be a good way to push a writer into writing. And if anything, it gets you looking at your documents or notebooks.
It's going to be okay.
Writer's block doesn't have to completely ruin your day, week, or month. With the right tricks and a little bit of effort, you can escape the hole it causes, and return to writing just as before. In fact, putting variations into your writing routine, regardless of whether or not you feel as if you're in writer's block, can help you be a more flexible and overall stronger writer. Ultimately, trying your hardest and making sure that your writing isn't making you unhappy in the long term is the most important part. Writer's block is often a sign of something being truly wrong on your creative pathway. Maybe it's time for a break, or for a change of plans. Overall, writer's block is beatable and not something to be ashamed of. Don't be too harsh on yourself for being a person. You shouldn't demand perfection or constant productivity from yourself, and especially not with something as finnicky as creative endeavors. Writing is not easy or simple but you still can learn to do it. Most of all, best of luck on your journey to creative greatness!