Writer’s Block? Knock it Over

Posted on : 14-07-2011 | In : Writing Advice

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When writing is your livelihood, writer’s block can be your worst enemy. If you are looking for a magic spell that can get you to work, let me remind you; there is no such magic spell. Here are a few a practical tips that will help you take your writer’s block head on.

Writer’s Block: Causes

The best way to knock over your writer’s block is to understand why you are experiencing it. Here are a few reasons that can make you hate writing:

  • Lack of proper brief
  • Inadequate skills to complete the assigned task
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Abnormal amount of stress
  • Creativity’s normal ebbs and flows

How to Get over Writer’s Block?

Take a break: Perhaps, the most effective way to get over your writer’s block is to take a break from writing for a while. The duration of your break will of course depend on your deadlines, if you have any. Even if you are only able to take a ten minutes break, do that. However, the longer the break, the easier it is to overcome writer’s block.

Depending on your personal preferences, you can devote your time to more regular chores like washing your dirty dishes or running a few errands. Sometimes watching a movie or reading a book also helps.  When you have spent a few minutes or hours away from the pressures of writing, you are more likely to enjoy productive office hours.

Change the way you work: In addition to taking a break, you can try changing your work style. Even if it’s only temporary you should try and alter the way you work. If you are a regular office-goer, you can opt for work from home, even changing or rearranging your desk can help overcome writer’s block.

Inspiration is what a writer needs to get back to his/ her routine life. Changing your work place or style will help you find the fresh energy and inspiration you need to enjoy writing. Experiment and find out what works for you.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can practice to overcome writer’s block. If none of these work for you, keep on experimenting till you find out a way to knock over your writer’s block.

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