It is time to write. You are staring at the screen of your laptop for about 30 minutes and nothing. One sentence… deleted. Another one… also deleted. With every second you get angrier and more desperate. You are fighting with your writer’s block and you are definitely loosing. Clearly – you need help. You are in luck – here comes the cavalry to the rescue!
How to win? Do some more research
The best way to start writing is to get inspired. Some get inspiration from naked men/women, some from observing natures’ beauty, some from the number on their paycheck. Whatever works for you. Still, when you are staring intently at a black document you need something else. And that is where “doing more research” comes in.
There is a simple explanation why you should try going back to research:
“If you can’t write, read”
Simple as that. Doing research is basically reading things you are going to write about. So you will eventually stumble on something that will either make you mad (“who is so incompetent to write such bullcrap!”), amaze you (“I haven’t thought of it!”), intrigue you (“is this really how it works? I have to know!”) or make you laugh (“no that is funny!”). Whatever reaction it will create – it will be a form of inspiration. And that is why you should do it when you are suffering from writer’s block. Because you never know what will inspire you and bring you a perfect idea for an article.
Don’t force yourself – take a break
Have you noticed that the longer you try to write something when nothing is happening, the harder it gets? That is because you unconsciously get fixated on not being able to write that you are sabotaging yourself.
Take a break. Go for a walk, drink some cold water, run to the store and back – do something that will get your mind of the writing. DO NOT start writing another, similar article. That will only make things worse. You need a distraction – a total distraction to reset your mind in a way.
I personally found taking a short walk as being the best way to restart and regain my focus. There are so many things going on “outside” that I just let myself watch everything and absorb it all. It quickly broadens my perspective and gives a boost to write.
Free your imagination – write stupidly
When you have a concrete topic, certain designated audience you concentrate on these directives. And those directives can make your perspective very narrow and also limit your imagination.
So another weapon against writer’s block is “free writing”. Open a new document, don’t look for a subject and just write. It doesn’t have to make sense, don’t delete anything just write. Amuse yourself it takes only few minutes and you will find yourself writing sentences that not only make sense, but also are not that bad. When you will get your imagination going again you can return to your article.
This technique will not work for everybody. I’m sure of that. I have one serious problem with it – when I start writing pure nonsense, after a while I start to see sense in what I’m writing and don’t want to stop. So that could be a tricky technique which can lead you to victory over writer’s block, but a victory paid dearly for with you time (that you spent creating a huge abstract, comic story).
You made it – go hug yourself!
Buy yourself a treat, put it in the fridge and consider it an award for finishing the article. It could be a cup of coffee with almond syrup and cream, pizza or even a lollipop. Something you really like. Choose your award before you start writing. Than every time you will start to get writer’s block – think about this award. I should motivate you and give you an extra push. After all – you deserve a little prize after completing a goal. So don’t forget about it. Where is work, there is reward for completing it.
Extra advice: Turn off Facebook!
I saved the best for last. And I’m not even going to explain it. Try it. Turn off Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites and watch what happens!
First, you may experience withdrawal symptoms and feel the desperate need to check your account. But it will pass (if not – you really got a problem!), and your concentration will be high as you would be on drugs (some drugs off course).
You wouldn’t believe how many writing blocks disappear with Facebook and other social media distractions gone. So I advise you to start from this point – maybe all you needed to win the battle against writer’s block was a moment of online peace?