It’s normal all writers face this problem of writer’s block, even the very best of us all! There is no genius in writing, it’s practice that makes the beast out of us all. Do you face this problem as a writer? If yes, then your prayer just got answered.
1. Lose the “I’m just not a writer” syndrome.
Everyone has the potential to be a writer. Continuing to tell yourself otherwise is nothing more than an empty excuse. Reverse the energy. You can be a writer. Tell yourself, “I am absolutely capable of writing.
2. There’s no time for perfect words.
If every sentence has to be a flawless work of art, then you will sit in fear. The sweat might pour, but the words won’t come. Just start writing words on the page. Know that once you have started, you can go back and revise what you have. But until you start, you will never know where you are trying to go. If you are writing on a tight deadline, it is even more critical that you let go of the notion of immediate perfection.
Related: 10 Evils of Perfection.
3. Talk to yourself — out loud.
It’s less stressful for most people to chat with a friend over a beer than to write a grant proposal (even if the content of the conversation is the grant proposal in question). In conversation, it’s generally accepted that we might have to stop, correct ourselves and continue speaking. Allow yourself that same freedom in your writing process. If that’s hard to do, talk out loud to yourself to get the thoughts flowing.
4. Move words, sentences, paragraphs around the page like pieces of a puzzle.
The beauty of writing on a computer is that you can move words and groups of words effortlessly. Just reminding yourself of that tends to make it easier to find your writing flow. If you get your mind-set that the words will be seen by the audience exactly as they flow onto the page, it can be paralysing.
5. Crystallise your point into a few words.
When you sit down to write a business pitch, a grant proposal or a speech, be sure that you have done your research and know precisely what you mean to communicate. If you’re struggling to write, it may be a sign that you are confused about what you want to say. Condense the main nugget of what you are trying to say into just a short phrase or sentence and you’ll have a better shot at composing a tight, organized piece.
6. Get rid of the Internet.
Scores of very smart people spend all day long every day trying to grab your attention on the Internet. They’re pretty good at it, too. Eliminate distractions by going offline and opening a document that only allows you to write on your computer desktop. One writing friend recommended using the Freedom app when trying to write. When you install the application, it blocks all of your connections to the Internet for an allotted time.
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7. Don’t get stuck by letting yourself think that you have to start at the beginning.
Just because they call it the introduction does not mean that you have to start at the beginning. If you know what you want the middle paragraph to be, then start there. Write the portion that you know best first and then work out from there.
8. Set deadlines for yourself.
Even if you don’t need to write on a deadline, set deadlines for yourself. And stick to them. One writing friend I talked to said she has friends and family follow-up with her to make sure she’s keeping to her time goals.
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What way can you overcome writer’s block apart from those listed above? Please share below