I had writer’s block even starting this blog post. It comes around for me often because I spend a lot more of my time writing these days.
You’d think that would make things easier though, right? The thing is, creativity is usually not an endless source. After a few hours of creating characters, personalities, sometimes even a whole world…a writer will get mentally drained.
Writer’s block also pops up when you simply can’t figure out how things should go in your story. With blogs, it can be the angle you’re taking. For instance, I knew I wanted to write about writer’s block, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to say about it.
Confusing, I know. It’s hard to tell if that headache is from this frustration, or from staring at a computer screen for so long! Maybe we should all go back to typewriters 🙂
The first thing I can suggest for writer’s block is probably something you already do: stay up late. Being a night owl kind of comes with the territory, but I’ve found my best ideas come when I stay up until the early morning.
Research is discussed in Buffer Social (https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-best-time-to-write-and-get-ideas) and says that the best time to write, according to science, lies in the early morning.
However, I’ve found that staying up throughout the night does the trick. Also, I don’t go to sleep early enough to wake up in the early morning, lol. I guess insomnia and creativity play cause and effect with each other.
When you’re up against a wall with your writing another thing you can do is simply walk away. Recharge–eat, take a nap, go outside, or do something different. Lots of times I’ve gotten random ideas while giving my brain some space from the topic.
If it’s been days and you’re still stuck on the same thing, write. Stating the obvious? No, because I mean physically write a list out with pen and paper.
Writing in the form of thoughts or just making bullet points can reveal specific angles in a story that you need to decide on.
You’ll like this one: go watch something on Netflix. Watching a genre similar to the one you’re writing can inspire you. For me, the opposite is usually true. I actually thrive watching totally different genres because it gives my brain a break.
Lately I’ve been wrapping up the last two chapters of my book. It’s adventure/drama, so something easy and energizing for me is to watch a few episodes of “Modern Family” until I’m ready to get back to the heavy, super imaginative stuff.
Finally, read a book. I need to take my own advice on this one–it’s been forever since I read a book, but I’m always afraid I’ll get so taken away with one that it’ll halt my own writing for too long.
I think it’s a great way of inspiring transitions, dialogue, and giving your voice a comparison to someone else’s. It can allow you to critique your work with fresh eyes.
Follow these tips, and you’ll break through your writer’s block in no time!