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6 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

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By Edited May 25, 2015 0 0

As both a musician and a writer, I have had to deal with the stress and frustration of writer's block numerous times. While there is no single cure-all, I find the following techniques are useful to getting your creative juices flowing again.

1. Take a step back: remember why you're doing what you do. I often get caught up thinking that I need new article or a new song, but that's not the goal. The goal is to produce something valuable for someone else whether that means entertainment or enlightenment.

2. Switch it up: write about something completely outside the realm of what you normally do. If you normally write about fishing, try writing about politics. If your business writer, write about knitting. It'll immediately get you out of thought patterns you may be stuck in, and as an added bonus you may learn something interesting that you never would have discovered otherwise.

3. Study an expert in your field: sometimes I will spend a day or two, or even longer, listening to the music of my favorite artists, or reading a book by my favorite author. Think of it as spending time with a mentor who's showing you how they do it. Whether or not you decide to analyze their work is totally up to you, and will depend on how your feeling at the time.

4. Be mechanical: throw your artistic sensibilities out the window. Give yourself a quota, such as 500 words, and write until you reach it. Don't worry about form or structure, the sentences don't even have to relate to one another. You could write about something as mundane as the relationship between objects in your general vicinity, or everything you can think of about cheese.

5. Write journal entries: by writing about what you do every day, you ensure that you will always have something to write about, even if it's not something that you care to share with the world.

6. Think about what's important to you: what really, deeply, matters to you? What is the most important thing in your life right now? If you can answer this, then most likely you can either write about it, or you can pursue the important thing and not worry about writing for a time. Nothing is as inspiring as doing something meaningful.

I hope some of these tips help, if you have any others you'd like to share please leave them in the comments section.



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