Whether you are the author of a bestselling novel or blogging part time, every writer at every level has had to overcome some form of writer’s block. At some point or another there comes a time in every writer’s career where the words don’t come as easily as they should. Here are 5 easy ways to get your creativity out of the mud.
1. Free Yourself of Distractions.
Anyone that writes has to experiment with different methods that will enable him or her to reach a certain comfort zone. It is very possible to get distracted by the smallest things and it can completely throw off your creative process. It may not be necessary to sequester yourself in order to focus, but try writing in different places and it might help weed out small interruptions that can break concentration.
2. Keep Drafting
A lot of times getting stuck on a particular portion of a project can be due to a need to be perfect. Part of the function of the draft process is to allow ideas to flow freely from your mind to the page. Often writers’ perception of what is “good” can bring their ability to let words loose to a halt. The standoff between your mind and the computer screen should not be due to something that might be considered bad writing. Just write down everything that comes to your mind. Worry about how things sound and the way they are organized at a later time. This way there is never a point where the words don’t flow.
3. Remind yourself why you started writing
Are you struggling to stay interested in the subject you are writing about? Sometimes writing for others can help to hone your skills, like a tool kept sharp for constant use. This, however, can at times make it harder to form thoughts if your heart is not into it. In this instance, take a break and try to write something you enjoy. Post something on your blog, or get back to that short story you’ve been working on. This can be a way to oil the gears of your mind so when you get back to the project, those words aren’t such a struggle to come by.
4. Take a break and do something else
Like any other craft; to become a great writer you must practice. This means writing EVERY SINGLE DAY. However, burnout can occur and that eventually leads to creative stagnation. As soon as you see that roadblock up ahead, stop. Go outside, go for a jog, do some jumping jacks, fly a kite. Anything that will take the mind off your immediate task and allow some wind into your sails.
5. Read, read, then read some More
Where are those words? You know they’re there, hidden in some compartment in the back of your brain. If you find yourself misplacing that huge cache of vocabulary, put the pen down and pick up a book. Sometimes reading another authors’ work can give your mind a jump-start. Seeing the way others use the same words can help remind you of your own strengths.