Tips to overcome writer’s block

Frustrated writer

Introduction

Do you suffer from writer’s block?  Is there a project you are putting off because you lack the inspiration to even get it started?  You’re not alone there, every writer struggles with writers block.  At various stages you will go through times of energetic writing and at other stages you just want to “chuck it in”.  Here are some tips I use to help me keep those slow times to a minimum.

Brainstorming

If you do not have a specific topic in mind, start brainstorming to come up with a variety of topics. I get plenty of ideas when I take a brief stroll through my neighbourhood. Taking in the scenery, and listening to the sweet conversation of the Tui (a native bird of New Zealand) puts me at ease. When I am relaxed, I can think much more clearly. It sure beats sitting in front of my computer worrying about it!

Brainstorming

Or read a book, listen to music, read some motivational quotes, but find something that brings out the inspiration in you.

Your interests

Writing about a topic that interests you is much easier to do than writing about something you have absolutely no interest in, or something you’re not knowledgeable about.  You can raise your interest levels by researching your topic. Read other online articles, go to the library and read a chapter or two in a related book, or find someone familiar with your topic. Research will help fuel your interest in your chosen topic.

Make an outline

Start by writing a sentence and use three or four key bullet points that you want to make. Expand each point into a paragraph each; collectively these points will form the body of your article. A brief conclusion bringing all the points together at the end of your article will bring things “to a wrap”.

Put it aside

Once you have written your article, put it aside for a day or two and then come back to it. A fresh perspective has a way of helping you craft a better article. More than likely you will catch grammatical errors, find incomplete or unclear thoughts, or find errors in punctuation by stepping back for a short time.

Final word

You can overcome writer’s block by following the above steps. If you find yourself hindered in any way when it comes to selecting a winning topic, then you must step away, regroup, and come back only when you’re inspired. Writing with clear purpose and enthusiasm will happen once you put your writer’s block beyond you.

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12 Comments on Tips to overcome writer’s block

  1. What a great tips.
    Indeed writing can quite be a methodological process in which we have to plan it in sequence. It may seems a little bit mechanical in thinking..but actually it needs imagination as well.

    Thanks for this great tips

    • I totally agree, having the imagination ignites passion and stimulates creativity. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  2. Hi, Gaylene, I am generally ok with the brainstorming bit and I am ok with drafting out rough copies, but I often find myself struggling to bring things together and often feel I am distracted.

    I do get frustrated with this and this would be the time I tend to give up, and I wonder if I will actually get it all together.

    I have learned that ‘putting it down’ and going away to focus on other things helps me, and this is my main strategy these days, along with not forcing myself, aka, if I do not feel productive, I won’t sit there and waste my time, I find something else to do.

    Thank you and kind regards

    Neil

    • Hi Neil,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes I find it easy to put things aside and come back to it, on many occasions I’ve put some articles aside for up to 2 – 3 weeks and started something different. I have to be in the right “frame of mind” for certain topic areas. Anyway, all the best with your writing 🙂

  3. We do face blocks from time to time. Many times I felt that a change of scenery helps. Other times I scribble and draw and just let my creativity flows, and inspiration often comes and the block is cleared. You have also provided some very practical tips, will keep those in mind when doing my writing, thanks!

    • Hi Moon,

      Yes, taking a stroll in the park always helps me to clear my mind and the scenery stimulates creativity. I’m pleased you may get some use out of these tips. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  4. Yes, I only get this about every day. I get up and go outside for a wee walk. I usually find I get afflicted with this from sitting too long. It helps when I get outside and go for a walk or even better a workout.
    I also believe it or not build out my whole page from the bottom up so I have my skeleton in place before I dress it up with content.
    I find this really helps too. Thanks for this, Nicely done. Keep up the great work. Cheers, Peter.

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love how you build your page from “the bottom up” and “dressing your skeleton with content” was a nice touch. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  5. Going for walks is one of the things that I like to do best when suffering from writers block.

    As you put it, it puts me at ease, and usually I’ll notice something out of the corner of one eye, a lawn ornament, maybe an oddly shaped bush, or a uniquely colored door …often the more abstract the better.

    All of these things and more will spark something creative.

    Lately though, it hasn’t helped. What did help was your advice to just put it aside. I guess sometimes we just try to force things. Of course then everything just comes out feeling …well, “forced” resulting in a poor expression of one’s thoughts.

    But by putting it aside for a day, I was finally able to break through the burdensome blocks that had been plaguing me.

    So thank you for the advice! 🙂

    Hire Writers, that’s a fascinating concept. I’ve got some technical articles coming up that I need to do, and while I can do them, they’re pretty dry. Do you know if they (Hire Writers) can write technical articles?

    I have all the material that needs to be conveyed, it just needs to be put into a professional (and of course) technical format/style.

    • Hi James,

      I couldn’t agree with you more, walking is a great stress reliever. And in New Zealand, we are fortunate to have so many wonderful parks and walkways to just “soak up” the beautiful scenery, landscapes and native wildlife. It’s certainly enough to get the “creative juices” flowing.

      Sometimes I put everything aside and watch a movie or listen to music, even for just 10 or 15 minutes and go back to my article and this works really well for me

      In terms of “Hire Writers”, I’ve only used them once and spent under $20 and the article was ok … it was even better by the time I finished with it, but I decided to just write my own articles. I’m sure they do technical articles, and I suspect it’ll be a lot more expensive for these types of articles, but I would check out their site or you may want to look into other options like freelancer.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  6. These are some great tips. As a blogger, I deal with writer’s block from time to time, and it’s nice to be reminded that sometimes the best step really is to just step away and come back to the article later. And it’s so true, it’s MUCH easier to write about something when you’re interested in the subject, or know a lot about it.

    • Hi Penny,

      Yes, we all go through writer’s block – some say the best solution is to just write, but I find it easy to get out of the house and take a walk and relax. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

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