Ah, writers block. The mere mention of it will oftentimes clear out a room of writers faster than if you’d told them said room housed the bubonic plague. While most of us don’t honestly believe that writers block is contagious or anything, some do still believe that the mere mention or thinking about it can help to bring it upon you when it would otherwise have stayed far, far, away.
In the interests of helping out any of you readers who are currently experiencing writer’s block and/or would like to arm yourself with tips in case it happens in the near future, today we’re going to take a look at 5 surefire tips to help make it go away or never come visit you again below. Please do enjoy!
1. You’re not glued to your computer seat – so feel free to get up, move around and even *gasp* go outside!
We oftentimes feel such a strong connection with our stories and writing that we almost don’t ever want to leave their side until they’re finished. It’s almost as if they were our very own children in this way! Fortunately, getting up and away from your writing area can have amazing effects on your ability to surpass any writer’s block you may experience.
2. Disconnect Your Internet – You Don’t Have Writer’s Block, You Have a Thing Called Procrastination
Don’t feel bad – with so many amazingly useless wastes of time available to us in any of a thousand places online, the allure of these mindless pleasures can oftentimes be too much. So put your big boy (or girl) pants on, cut the wheat from the chaff and do what you need to do to get your writing all written!
3. The Anti-Writer’s-Block Joys of the Rough Draft and/or Outline
Yes, it’s going to entail you put in some extra work, but actually jotting down your thoughts, ideas or an outline before you even sit down at the keyboard can quite literally be the antidote to writer’s block you’ve been searching for for oh so very long!
4. Stop Proofreading and Editing As Your Writing and Just Let It Flow
This is a common mistake many beginner writers make – namely trying to complete a final draft copy that needs minimal editing or proofreading on their first try. Unfortunately — unless you’re some kind of writing guru or outlier or something — that’s just not how the process usually works, so get with the program and say goodbye to the ever present threat of your writer’s block in the process!
5. Read, Read and Read Some More – Preferably About Things Unrelated To Your Particular Writing Genre or Topic
Consider this tip a double whammy of sorts – namely in that not only will it help you stave off writer’s block if need be, but it’s also arguably one of the most commonly recited writer tips and tricks in the history of writing. Many people mistake the fact that simply writing themselves will help them become better writers, when in reality, both reading and writing equally contribute to the process. Not only will you stimulate your mind and give yourself an ear for various prose, but you’ll also learn new words, styles and help get your mind off of the very thing that you’ve been obsessing over against a brick wall for days and weeks on end.
So there you have it! While there’s obviously a lot more (don’t worry, there’ll be a Part 2 eventually) these are definitely five of the best that I’ve ever come across. And please feel free to share your own anti-writers block remedies in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!