Ten Tips to Overcome Writer`s Block
by Nayab Imran
And keep the creative juices going.
In our previous article, we informed you about one of the greatest inventions of mankind, writing. There are many forms of writing; professional, journalistic, academic or technical writing. There is a fifth type as well called Creative writing. It is different than the pre mentioned writings in the sense that Creative writing puts an emphasis on narration, story writing, and character development. Poetry and feature stories also fall under its domain; although the latter is basically journalistic writing but due to its focus on character development and narration we consider it as (being creative).
When a person composes any form of written material that is not solely based on the rules of the language. It is an individual’s expression of thought in the most freeing of ways. We humans live and breathe words. We compare ourselves and relate to our favorite characters. However, it’s far too easy to read and love a story, a poem et cetera than it is to write it. Anxiety, doubts and fear of how people will react to our work, causes the best of us to experience writer’s block.
So here are the (Top Ten Tips) for you, my dear fellow writers that are personally tried and tested, to help you out:
Take a deep breath:
Nobody is born a writer. We all become one (and writer’s block) happens to EVERYONE. It’s very common -hence the name, and there’s absolutely no need for you to stress about it. Relax and just breathe (go on, do it). Don’t pressurize yourself. Take a moment to calm yourself and re-organize your thoughts. Please don’t stress out.
Change your position:
Have you been sitting in the same position for the past couple of hours? Get up and move around. Sometimes while trying and failing to write, we fall in a funk. Get up and do some exercise to get your blood flowing.
Get some fresh air:
Combining both the previously mentioned tip and this one as a sure fire way to get that bout of creativity you desire. Go out and get some fresh breeze on your face. Nothing helps kicking away that (insufferable writer’s block) than a change in environment.
Have a snack (this is my favorite):
Maybe all you really need is some energy. Have a bite of your favorite snack with a cup of tea, coffee even hot chocolate. Once again, do not stress out.
Do not stop writing:
This is the absolute worst thing you can do to yourself and your work. Refusing to write until inspiration hits you? Never works for anyone. Trust me; I was dumb enough to try it. So, go on, write down whatever comes to mind. Even if you end up throwing it out later, write it down. Remember, all (great works) were once first, second or even tenth drafts in the beginning.
As Saul Bellow; a Canadian-American writer, once said;
“You never have to change anything you got up in the night to write.”
Feel your work:
If you don’t feel passionately about what you’re writing, you will neither end up completing nor will your readers feel it even if you do end up publishing it. If your work won’t make you laugh or cry, it’s not going to do squat for your readers. Find a topic that speaks to you on a deeper level.
Use a pen/pencil:
I always find it easier to pen down my thoughts directly with a pencil and a book rather than directly typing it. I’m sure it’ll work for you as well.
Find and use inspiration:
If you think your work should be completely original, you’re in for a bad awakening my fellow writer. Each and everything has been done before. Plagiarism is wrong but getting ideas and help isn’t. Read books, poems, short stories. Read. Read and keep on reading until you start writing.
Change your routine:
Do you have a specific time of the when you sit down to write? Do you often get idea for your work while in the middle of something else? Change your timings. And always keep a pen and a paper nearby to note down whatever thoughts you have right that instance.
Get some sleep. Overthinking and freaking out will get you nowhere. So take a nap and re-start once you’re mentally rested.
And lastly, just write. Please believe in yourself. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. You just need time. We all may suffer from an absence of inspiration most of the time, but time itself, is something we have plenty of.
Sylvia Plath, an American poet, novelist and short story writer, advises in ‘The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath;
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.”
Creative Savants helps its clients with their creative as well as non-creative writing needs. If all else fails, go check them out, you’ll be in safe hands. Good luck and happy writing.
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