Getting rid of writer’s block

Getting rid of writer’s block

                   Getting rid of writer’s block

Everybody, at one time or another has suffered from writers’ block.  Maybe it was back in your ninth grade English class, or perhaps when you were working on you collage term paper.  I didn’t have any problems with writers’ block at all… I thought I was the exception, until I started working on my ninth book.  One evening I was typing away, and all at once it hit me… I was like a deer staring into headlights.

Every writer will, at times, have trouble thinking of what to write next.  There are many things that can cause writers block… pressure, fear, or even lack of inspiration.  My problem was I just lost interest in what I was writing, and I needed a fresh start.  Since that time, I have discovered several things that keeps my mind fresh and keeps me on that creative path.  Let me share them with you.

1)  Keep your original manuscripts.

Whenever I stumble across an old rough draft of mine, I just want to change everything about it.  I have learned over the years that the best way to get your mind rolling in the right direction again is to exercise it. When I read over these old, otherwise worthless manuscripts, it restarts my thinking process, and refreshes my mind.

2)  Make use of your personal library.

One of my passions is writing short mystery novels.   When I get to a point where I seem to be stuck in thought, I found that if I read a chapter or so from some other writers’ mystery novel, it gets my mind moving again.

3)  Go for a walk.

Every morning, rain or shine (with the exception of the Lord’s day), I go for a nice long walk.  This is a wonderful way for you to get your head in the right place.  I strongly recommend you stop and smell the roses along the way.  Try NOT to think about writing.  If you think about writing, you are just carrying your burden along with you.  Try to think of anything by writing.  You will be surprised at how well it works!

4)  Eliminate all of your distractions. 

This was a huge problem for me.   I had retired from the Navy after twenty-two years, and now I was a stay-at-home dad.  My biggest distraction was my two four your old sons, who needed me every second of the day.   As I am sure many of you know, small children just need you.  They want to play with you, or go outside with you.  Any decent parent would try to spend as much time as they could with the kids, and try to write around them.  The best way I found to deal with this problem was to write in the evening, when the kids were in bed.  A glass of wine and a scented candle can help you to relax, and put you in the mood to write.

5)  Get your blood flowing.

We all know that we need to exercise each day to keep ourselves fit anyway, so why not schedule an exercise break during your writing time?  This will keep you from getting bored and staring out the window for long periods.  It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal, either.  You can just run a couple quick laps around the park, or swim a few laps at the pool.  I do recommend that you do something away from where you are writing.  If you try an aerobics video or a home workout routine, you will miss the benefit of a change in atmosphere.

 6)  Coffee and music to set the mood.

Sitting there staring at a computer screen for hours at a time can be brutal.  The is nothing like a nice cup of coffee and a bit of Mozart to get you back into the creative way of things.  But once again, try to give your mind a break and think about something else for a while.

7)  Call or visit with a friend.

Here is nothing that can take your mind off of writing like a visit with an old friend.  By the time you have discussed all the kids and the past summer vacations, you will be ready to put your nose back to that writing grindstone.

The possibilities of things to get your mind going is endless.  Usually all you have to do is create momentum and change places for a bit, and soon you will be back on track and writing again!

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14 thoughts on “Getting rid of writer’s block

  1. I just had a writers block today when I was writing an article for my website. I wish had known these tips! Next time I will just take some time off and switch my focus to something else then refocus on writing.

  2. I do agree writers block does happens to many new bloggers trying to stay motivate in creating good content. You article give some helpful tips for beginners to get ideas to bounce back. It’s little things like walking or listen to music can make a difference. Thank for this article very helpful can’t wait to read your next post

  3. Hi . Finding your website, came at just the nick of time. I do get writers block, and you have a lot of good suggestions. I don’t necessarily write books, but I do write articles. Some of your suggestions I am going to put to use right away. I definately already use a couple of them. Coffee and music I do. And good or bad, I really good at taking a break and going for a walk. After reading your article I am going to get rid of the distractions and start doing some exercising. All good ideas. Thank you!

  4. I can very well relate to this.

    When I started my very first website, I never had a problem with what topics to write about. In fact I was always excited to write a new topic and so I was able to write and publish 3 articles per week. This number may seem low compared to those with 1 or 2 posts per day but I think this is a pretty decent number already, considering the niche I am in.

    5 or 6 months later, this number was reduced to once per week, because other than having a full time job, I couldn’t think anymore of good topics to tackle. I don’t know, perhaps I am thinking too much that I do not have time anymore to refresh my mind.

    Going for a nice long walk sounds like a great suggestion, thanks a lot!

    1. Alice, I know what you mean!  I also suggest reading through websites along your same niche… sometimes when I do that I get ideas for articles that have experience with.  Best of luck with your business…

      Clay

  5. Hi Simon,

    Writer’s block is something that happens to most people as you mentioned. It’s like a signal to take a break. Your brain is telling you, your cup is empty. For me, my favorite thing to do is #2, make use of my personal library. Although I think I’ve tried them all, I usually default to reading. Great reminders.

    1. You know, Tiffany, that is one of the best things you can do.  It takes you away from your rut and gives your mind a break.  One of my favorites is “Moby Dick.”  Once I am on that ship with old Ahab, I am gone to this world.  Thank you so much for dropping by, and have a blessed day!

  6. I dont know about others but yes it has happened with me. Sometimes i go totally blank and dont know what to write next. I have earlier tried some of your tips like coffee with music, a walk and spending some time with friends. Sometimes i keep myself away from writing for an entire day and the next morning when I get up writing flows out naturally. Have you also tried this?

    1. Hi Sourabh, I had writers block so bad I once that nothing seemed to work.  Then out of the blue, I got a visit from an old friend, which took me away from my writing for two days.  When I started writing again, I wrote like the wind!  I think your method is one of the best.  Thank you for stopping in, and have a great day!

      Clay

  7. Though I have never heard of this term”writers block’ I have encountered it severally when writing articles on my website and whenever this happens I find myself really struggling which then leads to depression.Your post has really enlightened me and from now I will always take a walk , visit a friend or try any other activity whenever I fell blank when writing.

    Thanks for the very educative post.Every writer has to read this.

    1. Larry, Your right, I think every writer goes though one form of writer’s block or another.  I wish you the best with your website!  I appreciate you stopping by, and have an awesome day!

      Clay

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