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My Personalized Chronicle on Overcoming a Writer's Block

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Niks is a travel writer. He shares his story about how he finds out his travel niche and the ways to overcome the writer's block.

Crumbled Papers

Crumbled Papers

Interest in Writing

I wasn't a born writer. I didn't have any childhood passion of becoming a writer. But in the year 2017, it just happened out of the blue. I started framing sentences and transformed them creatively into quotes. From there, my interest in writing picked and I started writing poems.

It was like, whatever I wrote was sprouting from the pain I felt. I was wondering whether I could write something which is inspiring or at least spread some optimistic vibes or just something neutral.

Then, I decided to test myself and went on writing about the left and the right brain. It came out to be funny. I got many compliments saying that it was indeed entertaining.

What to Write?

I wasn't a frequent writer until 2019. I was thinking of writing blogs in the digital space, but I was very new to it. With the help of vigorous online research, I found out many links. In my journey, I met a mentor who told me to write on a particular niche to target a particular set of audiences.

Till then, I was a newbie to the online promotion and marketing strategies. In fact, I used to spam never knowing that what I'm doing is called "spamming" I just kept on writing about random topics but faced a lot of roadblocks. I knew that to stand out, I will need to choose a particular niche that will strengthen my identity as an author.

From the reader's point of view selecting the niche was vital. It was one day when I returned from a road trip that I was sparked up with an idea. "How about the trips?", I asked myself and I nodded with affirmation. Until then, I had traveled to many beautiful destinations. But still, I was missing the "Eureka moment"

Digital Writer's Desk

Digital Writer's Desk

Diary

The main reason behind I was missing the "Eureka moment" was that I knew what to write but I didn't know where to start from. I recalled some trips but still lacking many things a blog should consist of.

Surfing the internet made me available factual information about the tourists' spots but still, I couldn't give the emotional touch to my blog. I wasn't able to describe how I felt the places, what it was like to be there.


One day, I was on a screen break. I switched off all the electronic devices with screens like the television, smartphone, and tab. I was literally straying inside my own house when I confronted the bookshelf. The upper case filled with my dad's diaries grabbed my attention.

There were two kinds of diaries. One was related to the record of expenses from the year 1980 and the other was related to the events happening since the year 1980. My dad had a habit of keeping these diaries, and he used to show me these diaries many years ago.


Due to the invention of the smartphone, I didn't have time to have a look at them. But now, I looked into the event's diary as I was curious about the events that happened in the past.

To my surprise, there were many facts and tourist spot details written in those diaries. Looking at the handwritten content, my eyes sparkled with the "Eureka moment" I was craving for. With the help of those trip spots mentioned in the diary, I could recall many memories related to our travel journeys.

I had a strong foundation, and I was excited to start. I could now smoothly turn that factual travel information into a blog by describing the memories associated with the spots. Surprisingly, I managed to help the readers by providing precise information about the travel place.

Diaries

Diaries

Keep Looking Around


For the purpose of helping the readers to get rid of the roadblock or to help them find a niche and explore deeper into it, I 'm writing this blog. If in case, you see yourself stuck there are certain things that you can do to come up with "aha moment".

Below are some of the things you can do for coming up with words that impact or in simple words, to end the writer's block.

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1. Take a walk - This is the most common exercise that all the creative experts will recommend you. This seems kind of counter-intuitive to leave the problem and walk away. But it works wonderfully. It's a tested and proven way to bring back the lost spark in your story, blog, or novel.

2. Physical activity - A physical activity that may be cooking, cleaning, gardening, or exercise can pump up yourself and help you to gain clarity on whatever you are trying your mind to focus on.

3. Meditation - The virtue of meditation can never be underestimated. It is a one-stop solution for all kinds of problems that also includes the writer's block.


4. Engage in another art form - Shifting yourself into sketching, painting, doodling, or sculpting for a while, and then returning to writing can help you immensely. On the surface, it seems unbelievable. But as the art inspires art and creativity sprouts more creativity, one can definitely look up to this change.

5. Screen Break - Last but not least I would like to suggest something that worked in my case which I mentioned above. I was in search of a proper source that I can refer to and inspire from. The screen break not only allowed me to take a break from continuous bombarding of text notifications but also helped me to find the source I was looking for.

You can obviously come up with more innovative ideas to put an end to the writer's block which is greater than first, second, or even third world problems for a writer.

Moreover, you can jot down what exactly causes the roadblocks and why is it happening, moreover when is it happening and how to overcome it. Asking the why, what, when, and how questions are quite handy ways to tackle almost any sort of life problem.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Niks

Comments

Niks (author) from India on April 26, 2020:

Yes, listening to music and spending quality family time are also great options to take a break and overcome writer's block. I m glad that you share a similar story of the writing journey.

Niks (author) from India on April 26, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Liz. I m thankful for your comments. You are a great reader as well as a great writer.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 26, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your writing journey.

Nikhil Sharma from India on April 26, 2020:

It is a wonderful article Niks. My story of becoming a writer is also quite similar to yours. And that's the reason why I could myself while reading your article.

The points you've mentioned are really true and useful. Before writing anything, we all must decide on a particular topic or niche and keep exploring the length and breadth of it until there's really nothing to write on. Whenever I feel writer's block, I usually listen to my favorite songs or spend some time with my family. Thank you once again for writing another great piece of article.

Niks (author) from India on April 26, 2020:

Truly a hot topic for every writer. I will keep writing and adding value to the reader's queries. keep providing your honest feedback. Thanks, Sowspeaks.

Niks (author) from India on April 26, 2020:

Thank you, Prateek by stopping by and providing your valuable comment. It is my pleasure to share whatever information I can. Keep coming back.

Niks (author) from India on April 26, 2020:

Thanks a lot Natasha. You are right. If we consistently implement those ideas we will definitely overcome the writer's blog. Keep reading.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on April 26, 2020:

Nick it is a topic that every writer can completely relate to ...Well handled ... you have given me some useful ideas ... thanks for that ... so looking for a lot more writing from your end ..

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on April 26, 2020:

High Nikk, I really like your initiative for writing on a writer's block. It is very common thing that every writer face during their journey. I too to myself has faced some blocks such as confused regarding what to write and how to precisely structure my articles. But with practice and consistent effort these blogs can be eliminated. You have share some really wonderful tips to overcome writer's block out of which physical activity is a very good option that I usually prefer. Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

Natasha Tungare from India on April 26, 2020:

Awesome writeup!! You have mentioned wonderful ideas. I myself do implement many of them.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on April 26, 2020:

An interesting read. I like your suggestions of jotting down the reasons that holding one back from writing. Once the problems are identified, seeking solutions become little easy.

I would like to keep this article handy so that whenever I go to that zone, I could find out a way and overcome the problem.

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