You’re feeling inspired, you’re ready to sit down and write that best seller, that blog post, or even just that email to tell your boss you didn’t finish that report that was due yesterday. You sit down with your cup of coffee, smooth jazz playing in the background and you’re ready to go when it hits you, that dreadful writer’s block. We all know that wall that gets in the way of you writing the best thing you’ve ever written in your life.
So, here are some tips to defeat that writer’s block so you can go on and write that best seller or even just that text to your friend you got into a fight with over that stupid thing.
Don’t start with a blank page. Staring at that white page on Microsoft Word is almost as bad as staring at screen snow. Write a few notes, some quick ideas, the first thing that comes into your head, write anything on there, it’ll make you feel better about what you’re writing so you don’t press backspace after each sentence you write.
Use a different writing tool. If you always start typing your ideas directly on your computer, why not try somewhere else? Write something the old school way, pick up a pencil and paper, and get to writing. You’ll be surprised at how it changes the way your brain thinks. If that isn’t your thing, open the ‘Notes’ app on your phone and start writing on there, you’ll feel like it’s a text message and maybe you’ll get something going that way.
Change locations. Change up your scenery, if you’re locked up in your basement apartment where the lighting sucks and the only thing you have to sit on is your lumpy bed then take a walk to your local Starbucks or some other hipster coffee shop and set up shop there. A change of space will definitely get you motivated to get back to writing. Also, the worry that people are watching what you’re doing will make you want to write something just to get those cool points in.
Write at a different time. If you’re always used to writing in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning – change it up. Do the opposite of what you normally do. Instead of writing first thing in the morning, sleep in a bit and write in the afternoon, or stay up late and write the best thing you’ve ever written in the wee hours of the morning.
Clean something. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home and you’re adamant about writing first thing in the morning, clean up your house. Wash those dishes that have been sitting in your sink all weekend. Doing something that your subconscious is bugging you to do will allow your mind to focus on writing, rather than jumping from the chore you’ve been meaning to do, to the errand writer been meaning to run since last week.