What is a “Writers Block?” The meaning of the term “Writers Block” is the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
You can’t sit there and tell me you haven’t experienced the “Writers Block” syndrome but if you truly haven’t then high five to you for always being creative and inspired. How do you do it?
If you have then it’s a good thing you are here as I am going to share how to avoid the Writers Block in today’s blog post. My fellow bloggers will understand the feeling especially since it’s kind of like our kryptonite, if I do say so myself.
I am by all means in no way a pro at avoiding the Writers Block… In fact this idea came to mind when I was sitting at work staring out the window contemplating to blog three times a week as opposed to two times a week. I was concerned that I will experience many more “Writers Block” if I decide to make the change. As I contemplated on this more and more I decided I would write a post that I could come back to down the track but to also assist my fellow bloggers to avoid the god-awful writers block.
I will start of by saying that there are three common causes of the writer’s block syndrome.
1. Timing – When your ideas need a little more thought before writing your ideas down on paper
2. Fear – When one is afraid to share their ideas and worried to receive harsh criticism
3. Perfectionism – You want your piece to be just right before you begin typing. You brainstorm and write everything down in dot points until it’s perfect but never succeed so you give up.
Timing and fear fit perfectly in this instance as I feel I have only been blogging for a year. Am I in any position to even be sharing my idea’s and advice on how to avoid the writer’s block? There are many other blog idea’s I have on the side but feel I am in no position to even be writing about them yet for that very reason.. I’ve only been blogging for a year!
Perfectionism come in to play for each blog I share with my audience, there is no way around it. I even read my blog posts after I have uploaded it to ensure there are no grammar errors. I’d be lying if I said I have never come across any errors after my post goes live. Let’s be real, here.
Avoiding the writer’s block may differ for each individual but if you still haven’t found ways to avoid it then don’t fret as I am about to share ways how I personally avoid every bloggers kryptonite.
1. Go out for coffee at your favourite café and people watch
2. Network with other bloggers or creative individuals
3. Read a magazine – this always helps me get out of my funk
4. Raid your instagram newsfeeds or tumblr and pinterest
5. Watch random videos on youtube – I’ve found many ideas from doing this
6. Freewrite = Start writing about something random – I find another idea always ends up sneaking up on me when I do this.
7. Listen to your favourite music (my happy music believe it or not is heavy metal and punk/rock)
8. Call your best friend
9. Search for new bloggers on the web whether they specialise in fashion, lifestyle, beauty or even photography
10. Brainstorm ideas in bullet points (I find writing a list always excites me haha)
11. Go on a road trip (doesn’t have to be far away from home)
The possibilities are endless, your brain just needs a little bit of a “pick me up” and a boost on your momentum to get out of that rut.
Other ways to overcome the writer’s block:
1. Go for a walk
2. Eliminate distractions i.e. TV, partying, playing video games
3. Do something to get your blood flowing i.e. running, gym, zumba
4. Play i.e. legos, monopoly, connect four
5. Change your environment i.e. social circle, home, study space
6. Read a book
7. Brew some coffee
8. Create a routine. It’s been said that many famous writers have daily routines to summon the Muse
9. Spend time with someone who makes you feel good
10. Call an old friend
11. Read some inspiring quotes to get you started
Overall, the key to avoiding the writer’s block is to stay inspired so really, you just need to do you and do things that you acquire inspiration from. The above 11 idea’s always inspire in one way or another, so what inspires you?