I come across a lot of writers complaining about writers block. They seem to all have one thing in common. How do you overcome it, and even better: How do you prevent it in the first place?
Firstly, some tips to overcome to overcome writers block.
– Go for a walk. A change of scenery and fresh air often brings about new ideas.
– Read a book. Often reading a book written by someone else is enough to trick the mind and get you in the mood to write again.
– Listen to music. Instrumental or songs with lyrics. Either can work.
– Create a routine. I’ve spoken of this before. Writing daily creates a habit, which in turn creates a want to write. A desire to write.
– Journal. Keeping a journal, while not fiction, is still writing and may help banish your creative block. At best, if it doesn’t banish your block, it will help clear your head.
Secondly, some tips on how not to overcome writers block.
– Television. It’s such a mindless activity but I do enjoy several tv shows. So to compensate I watch tv a little less. Or I write while watching tv.
– Refusing to write. While inspiration is one thing, you have to write something. Otherwise the well will just dry up. Don’t just wait around for you muse. Force her to show up.
– Procrastinating. Putting off writing is also not the way to overcome writers block. It’s the way to avoid it completely and counterproductive.
Lastly, the way to prevent writers block is quite simple. Really it is.
Pick up your pen (or go sit at your computer) and write.
And, if you’re still not convinced, try it.
Write about a memory. Write about something you saw while shopping… a person you met. Anything, as long as you write and don’t stop, stick with it. Because if you love writing, if it’s what truly drives you then it’s better to write something than nothing at all.