Writer’s block – It’s happened to everyone at some point. You stare at the page in front of you, but nothing appears. Writer’s block! You just can’t seem to put your thoughts into words, or maybe you are doubting yourself. This applies not only to professional writer’s, song writer’s, journalists but also to students.
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Writer’s block – It is natural, and you can overcome it. However, the problem is that when writer’s block kicks in, it also is very easy for procrastination to start, especially with so many possible distractions, including social media, online shopping and chores around the home. Anything will seem preferable to writing. However, there are some methods to use to get your brain working again.
Taking part in some form of exercise can really help with writer’s block. Going for a walk or a run will give you a chance to get away from the blank page and to reflect on the task at hand. Exercise also increases the blood flow to the brain, which then can get you back on track.
You are probably going to experience writer’s block more often if you are faced with too many distractions. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a dedicated place at home where you can focus on your studies. The less clutter in this space, the better. If you are unable to achieve this at home, you may wish to take yourself off to a local library or some other quiet space.
Everyone works better at certain times. For example, staying up late may allow you to get the best work completed, while some people will find that their thoughts are clearer first thing in the morning. So, if you are starting to encounter writer’s block on a regular basis, you may wish to change your routine. Try writing when you feel most creative and awake.
There will be times when you just cannot put your thoughts into a coherent structure no matter how hard you try. This can be a good time to write down as much as possible on the topic, using mind-maps, diagrams or by simply making a list. This way, you will be generating ideas that you can revisit at a later stage when you are feeling more able to work in a coordinated way.
You’ve been avoiding procrastination all morning, but you still feel stuck. Now is the time to actually get away from writing. However, the key is to do something creative rather than waste time. You might wish to design an image, take some photos, read a book or listen to music. This will allow you to keep the creative juices flowing, which hopefully will translate back into your writing.
Don’t beat yourself up if you get writer’s block. Just try some of the methods mentioned above and believe that it will pass. You will soon be back on track. Take a look at our Writing and Journalism Courses, you can #BeMore