30 October 2017

Writer’s Block? Get Over It

Everyone encounters writer’s block at some point in time. Yes, it’s frustrating, but the more you stress about it, the less able you are to overcome it. The key is to relax… and have a plan of attack. Here’s a list of tried and true remedies to help you get over writer’s block:

  • Change your voice — Maybe the problem is the voice you’re writing in, so change it. The truly great thing about being a writer is that you can be anyone on the page, so change who you are. Try seeing the topic from someone else’s perspective.
  • Quit beating yourself up — You can’t write when you feel whipped. Stop visualizing catastrophes. Eliminate the pressure. Call in the troops for support.
  • Write anything, even if it’s bad — Just accept that your first draft will be bad and move on to write something totally brilliant.
  • Write the middle first — This might be the best advice I ever received: Stop worrying over a perfect lead, and write the next part, or the part after that. Write your favorite part. Write the cover letter or the email you’ll send. Just write something. It doesn’t have to be in chronological order. Just write.
  • Write five words — Literally. Put five random words on a piece of paper. Then five more words. Try writing a sentence out of them. It could be about anything. A block ends when you start writing words on a page.