It happens to even the best of writers. It’s inevitable. Your words turn to mush, you don’t have a creative fiber left in your body and you are exhausted from staring at a blank document. Maybe it’s a timing thing or maybe you are being a little too critical of yourself. Whatever the reason, being stuck with writer’s block is a total buzzkill.
So how do you unstuck yourself?
Sure, going for a walk and changing the scenery is always nice. It also helps to listen to music and read something inspirational. Perhaps making a fresh pot of coffee and calling up an old friend will do the trick. Brainstorming ideas in bullet points and clarifying your main objective is a safe place to start. Eliminating all distractions will also help to ensure your mind stays focused on your writing, not your Twitter (HMA TWITTER LINK) notifications.
But if you’re still not satisfied, you have one last resort. It’s truly an ace up your sleeve. The fail-proof way to overcome writer’s block is one you already know. In fact, you’ve been avoiding it this whole time, because it’s precisely the one that you don’t want to hear.
Well, here it is…
You overcome writer’s block by writing.
Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Write a few lines. Say anything.
And don’t think about it too much either. Don’t write with the end-result in mind; write simply for the joy of writing. It doesn’t need to be eloquent; it just needs to be written. Simply get started so you have something to work with. You can tweak it from there.
Seriously, just start typing. The words will come and the rhythm will follow. And it’s probably not going to be right the first time but who cares? If you allow yourself the freedom to not be a perfect writer, you allow yourself to be a great one.
Now go. Relax. And write on…