10 ways to avoid writer’s block!
Writer’s block is one of the most annoying things I’ve ever encountered. You can’t think of anything to write and if you write anything down, it’s not up to your usual standard. I’ve had it many times but to minimise it, here are a few tips for preventing writer’s block.
- Get rid of distractions!
Sit in a place where you know that no one is going to bother you and tell everyone in your household that you’re going to write now and could they please not interrupt you. I know that it’s a pain in the neck but sometimes it has to be done.
- Put the music on the lowest volume
I know, I know – this isn’t one that you’re going to jump around about either. I personally love listening to music while I write but if you’re struggling to get your story down, turn it down or all the way off. It can be rather distracting and so you should give it a try if you’re suffering from writer’s block.
- Stop looking out of the window!
I do this a lot unconsciously when I don’t know what to write next. But you have to ignore the urge and close the curtains if necessary – but don’t work in the dark! Whatever is outside can wait (unless it’s something that’s going to help you work) and someone walking down the street really isn’t that interesting anyway. It’s a bad habit to get into so you must ignore it!
No, I don’t mean the kind of brainstorming that includes gazing out of the window, I want you to really think about what you’re going to do. I know that this is really hard when you’re suffering from writer’s block but go over everything you already know and go from there.
- Read what you’ve already written
If you read right from the very beginning or reread the last chapter you wrote, you might just find that you suddenly get inspiration for what needs to happen next. This doesn’t really work if you’re starting a new story, but it’s really helpful if you’ve already started.
- Consult the plan!
Go over everything you’ve already planned and recap what happens next. This should get your brain working and remembering what needs to happen. Then go back to your story and get writing!
- Do some reading for a few minutes.
If you have a few minutes to spare, pick up a book and read. It helps your mind take a small break and you can get ideas from the author’s writing. Don’t spend too long though, because you might forget the task at hand!
- Search for writing inspiration online
You have to be careful not to spend too much time scrolling through images but this can be really helpful if you only spend five minutes looking at fun colours and photos to get your mind at work.
- Spend five minutes away from the story.
Taking a short break for a snack or to stretch your legs can help. I personally like to set a timer if I use this tactic so I know when to go back to my writing and try again. Go for a walk, get some food in your system, do a few minutes of exercise, tidy your space: anything that works.
- Get some water!
I often struggle the most when I’m dehydrated so go and get a glass of water and drink it! It can really help and I use this tip all the time. And if it really wasn’t dehydration that caused the writer’s block, your body will still thank you for the water.
I hope you found these tips useful and they helped you beat your writer’s block!