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4 Ways to break through writer's block

By Edited Jun 15, 2015 0 0

We all have those moments where we just can't seem to write, no matter how badly we want to or how hard we sit there and think. Getting rid of writer's block is really a lot simpler than you'd think.

Breaking free
  1. Write first, think later. 

    Sometimes, we get writer's block as a result of not being able to think of what to write. "But if I can't think of what to write, how will I write in the first place?" you may ask. Just write. Put your pen on the paper. Put your fingers on the keyboard. Don't worry about what you're writing. Stop over thinking it. Write down the first thing that comes into your head, no matter how stupid it may sound to you at first. Write down the first thing that comes to your head, and keep going from there. 

    Don't be a perfectionist. 

    Turn off your inner critic, and just let the ideas out. If you pride yourself as a writer, you probably don't want to write anything unless it comes out sounding nice. Even as you write, you're probably thinking about who's gonna be reading your stuff and how it's gonna sound. That ruins your focus and that's why you have writer's block. Stop doing that, and you'll be able to write again. Remember that that's what revision is for. You'll have a chance to worry about how your writing will sound to other people, later. For now, just write. 

  2. Outline

    Okay. I'm assuming you're here because Number 1 didn't work. We'll have to use the outline, then. 

    The outline is ideal for planning any kind of writing- essays, blog posts, novels, etc. For example, if you want to write a five-paragraph essay, you make a small list on the left side of a peice of paper. The list should go something like this:

    P1 (Paragraph 1)




    Each item needs to have a few lines underneath for notes. Right next to each item, you'll write down the topic sentence, of that paragraph, or what that paragraph will be about. Underneath, you jot down two or three things that you want to say about that topic. And, you're done! Now, it's just a matter of looking at your outline and forming everything into full sentences and cohesive paragraphs. 

  3. "But I don't know what to write about!"

    If it's an issue about figuring out what to write about, what you need is inspiration! There are a lot of ways you can find inspiration. Look at things you're written so far. See if there's a pattern in your writing, and see what's missing, or what would complement your work.

    Or, you could read other peoples' writing. Read something by an author that you enjoy reading. Pay attention to specific parts that you like, and try to figure out why you like them. That will point you in the right direction. 

    If you're really desperate, you can try things like looking around at objects in your room, going through google images, or writing an article on writer's block on Infobarrel.

  4. Take a break

    You've tried the first three steps, and nothing works. Well first I'd suggest you go through them again and make sure you did everything exactly as I said to. If they still don't work, then you just need a break. 

    I'm not talking about a ten minute break here. Go on a one-week hiatus. Go do other things that you like. Work on other projects. Relax your mind from the tension of what you have to write. Sometimes when your conscious mind stops thinking about something, your subconscious mind takes it and starts working on it. Your subcoscious is powerful, mind you. This is the same thing that happens when we try and try to remember something, but you just can't. Then a while after you stop thinking about it, you remember it again. This is because after you stopped thinking about it, the task was handed over to your subconscious mind, and the subconscious was able to accomplish what the conscious could not. 
Death note

I'll be completely honest with you here. I wrote this as a result of writer's block. And I didn't really waste too much time getting over the writer's block-- I just started typing, and the words came. If I had sat there and thought about what I was going to write, I wouldn't have gotten past the title, and you would never have gotten such great advice for overcoming writer's block. Just relax and let the words flow naturally. That, in my opinion, is the best way to overcome writer's block. 



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