Hello! Today, I thought I’d talk about a common enemy that almost every writer deals with.
Writer’s block is that annoying little pest that suddenly appears out of nowhere and forces you to stop writing for whatever reason. In my experience as a writer, I’ve been hit by writer’s block far too many times to count. It has caused me to abandon stories that I’ve worked on in the past and to procrastinate for days on end.
Here are some useful methods to defeating writer’s block:
- Listen to music. Sometimes plugging in your headphones to play a couple of your favorite tracks or jamming out to a whole new playlist may help you to regain your desire to write.
- Talk to other people about your story. This method has personally helped me a lot when I’ve been struck by writer’s block. No matter how you choose to communicate with people, discussions about the novel you’re writing may allow you to figure out what caused the block you’re in and how to fix it so that you don’t get attacked again by the little pest.
- Step away from the monitor. Taking a short walk or going on a run can help you clear your mind so that when you return to your story, you feel like you can move forward with writing that particular chapter you were working on.
- Read what you’ve written so far. Scrolling the document in which you are writing your story may also help you to see why you got stuck in the first place with writer’s block.
- Look back through your notes. Plot holes and other story-related issues that you find in the planning you’ve done prior to writing your novel can often be the reason that you fall into writer’s block. Take care of them and you’ll be free!
That’s all of the methods that I can come up with! If you agree with any of them, feel free to leave a comment. 🙂 And if you know any other methods that have worked to expel writer’s block, let me know! ^_^
Note: I was inspired to write this after reading this post by A. M. Bradley.