DCW502 Writing and Contemporary Practice

10 tips to kick writers block in the…

Writer’s block, the dreaded and ever feared writer’s block. The dictionary defines it as: ‘A condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing’. In theory that is exactly what it is but when you’re the one sitting there with your pen poised over paper or your fingers ready to tap away at your keyboard, it can feel like a wall of stone has slammed into the forefront of your mind and no matter how long you stand there bashing your fists against it, the wall won’t come down.

You are not the only writer who has ever been stuck and you will not be the last. Writer’s block will at some point rear its ugly head at every single writer at some point in their career.

There will never be a ‘3 easy steps to get rid of writer’s block’ so you need to find what suits you, what works for you.

SOME EASY TASKS TO DISTRACT YOUR MIND

Here are a few ideas that may work for you. Some of these have helped me overcome my own writer’s block: 

  • Go for a walk around town
  • Eliminate distractions like the internet
  • Get your blood flowing, go for a run or take up yoga
  • Read a book
  • Freewrite for 10 minutes
  • Change your environment
  • People watch – this can help bring forth character ideas
  • Take a day off writing – the world won’t end
  • Go outside. Breathe in some fresh air and just relax.

There are probably a thousand and one another things that I could add but the thing is everyone is different, what may work for me may not work for you. Try to distract yourself from the empty page before you and before you know it you’ll be writing again.

One more tip before I sign off.

HOW YOU WON’T OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK

  • There is no chance of getting rid of writer’s block if you sit around reading articles on how to get rid of writer’s block.
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