How to Overcome Writer’s Block

writer's blockWriter’s block happens to every great writer at some point in their career. While this can be discouraging to some writers, it is easy to overcome. Many cases of writer’s block are a result of conflicted feelings. Writers want their writings to be perfect and want their work to be done as soon as possible.

If you are stuck in the middle of writing a novel or any other literary document, here are 4 tips to help you get back on track:

Engage In Something Creative

One way to overcome writer’s block is to step away from whatever you are doing and engage yourself in something creative. This may include painting pictures, writing poetry, making a scrapbook, etc. After you have worked on another project for a few days, you can go back to writing. Participating in other creative activities can activate your creativity. By exercising the creative part of your brain, you will eventually get your feel for writing back. These distractions in your head may be part of what is keeping you blocked.

Try Freewriting

Freewriting is another great solution if you have writer’s block. Just take 15 minutes out of your day to write down whatever comes to your head, ignoring punctuation. This process trains your brain to tap into the words inside your head and gives them a place to live in your journal or on your computer.  Freewriting allows you to get thoughts out of your head. Write whatever comes to mind about your topic. You can write down things that come to mind that are not directly related to your topic as well. Do this for a week and then return to your writing. While most of what you write during the 15 minutes will be not be used for your writing, you will be warmed up and when you return to your serious writing, it should go much more smoothly.

Eliminate All Distractions

Eliminating distractions is essential for producing quality work. Turn off your phone and unplug the internet to limit distractions. Clean up your desk so that there is no clutter, as a cluttered desk can put the mind into a state of confusion. Make a set schedule just for writing. Ask loved ones to respect your writing time so that you can write without any interruptions, or choose to write when everyone else in the household is sleeping. By giving yourself time and space to get your writing completed, you have a better chance of staying focused on the task at hand.

Get Some Exercise

Moving your body and being physically active can help writer’s block. When you get your body into flow, your mind follows and starts to flow as well. Meditating and taking long, deep breaths can make the mind more relaxed. A relaxed mind tends to be more open, and an opened mind tends to be more imaginative. By stepping away from writing for a while and engaging in activities that are peaceful, you will return to writing in a more creative state.

Every serious writer has dealt with writer’s block at least once in their career and has come out stronger on the other side. While it can be discouraging, it is not a reason to give up. These are just four of the ways to beat your writer’s block. By following these tips, you can successfully get back into the flow of smooth writing.