The first step is to recognise the problem. Every writer struggles with it. It is inevitable. The feeling of getting nowhere no matter how much time or effort you put in. There is no shame in it, nor does it mean you are less skilled. It is something that doesn’t only affect authors but also people trying to write anything. In this article, I will be sharing some useful tips that I use to combat my writer’s block.
From writing my book weekly, I experienced writer’s block on numerous occasions. It can take shape in different ways. Attempting to capture a scene but not finding the words to properly convey it to the reader. Struggling to find a satisfying introduction or conclusion to a story. With the other factors in your life such as work, it may become hard to find the motivation to keep writing. This might cause you to write less and less each week. Trying to find a solution, I was able to learn a couple of tricks and tips that may be of use to other writers.
1. Take a short break
Taking a break for an hour or even a day can let you experience things that let the creative juice start to flow again. Don’t put pressure on yourself to write anything and go enjoy life. Listen to some music to give you some creativity. This can lead you to find some inspiration for your novel. Make a mental note or set a reminder to “Try and write”. Usually, this helps you feel replenished and ready to go with newly found motivation.
2. Be your own fan
View your story through the eyes of a reader. Sounds simple and it is. Act as the biggest fanboy/girl of your story. Start theorising what would happen, how it would happen, what the characters would do etc. This gets you excited even thinking about your story. Then fester it. Let that excitement and anticipation build up until you can’t hold it back. Let it consume you and feel the motivation flow.
3. Check out other works
Finding entertainment, whether in your genre or not, can boost motivation. Watching TV shows, movies or anime lets you see stories from the reader’s perspective. It allows you to find what motivated you to write your story in the first place. Exploring other mediums can enable you to integrate unique elements into your story. This will elevate your skills and drive.
4. You’re not perfect… and that’s okay
Remind yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes. Verbalizing it is very effective (more than you realise). It’s okay for your story to not be the most perfect piece of media in the world. It’s about getting your novel to the best level you can with your current skills. Take that pressure off yourself.
5. Pick your battles!
When experiencing these moments, it’s important not to force the words out. This can lead to a rushed and uninspired product. Depending on your schedule, this is the most important step. In my experience, I did not have a deadline so I used that to my advantage. I was able to write when I felt creative. This lead to immersive descriptions that painted the scene in the minds of my readers. This does not mean procrastinate! It’s about choosing the best time to write within reason. It is difficult trying to find the perfect balance.
Forcing yourself to write a few lines, even if they are not up to your usual standard, can sometimes help get the right words flowing. It allows the writer to identify why it’s not up to the usual standard and fix it. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Make a habit of writing.
Identifying your unique situation and finding what works best for you can allow for your book to reach the standard you are hoping for. Hope this helped any writers that were experiencing writer’s block to create an amazing product. Comment below how you dealt with your writer’s block
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