Writers block is a virtual block or obstacle that occurs between a writer and his thoughts that make him unable to write. This state is characterized by lack of ideas, creativity shortage, and lack of words or vocabulary. This is due to excessive work load, less relaxation time, worked out mind, inspiration need etc.
Below you will find 10 tips to overcome your writing blocks.
1. Keep moving forward despite your moods
You have to go to work/school no matter what mood youre in, so dont let your writing suffer too. If youre angry, maybe its time to write that fight scene. Sad? How about a break-up scene between your hero and heroine? Even if you never use the work you do on your bad days at least youre writing.
2. When things get tough, take a vacation
Take a few days from your writing. At the end of the allotted time, youre most likely going to feel much better. Most of the time, when I try this step a story idea will pop into my head and not let go until I sit down and write.
3. The difficulty you are experiencing is normal and necessary
Sometimes writers have a hard time with the stress simply because they havent recognized that stress is necessary. It is not simply par for the course, it is the course. Stress is what keeps us moving toward the deadline.
4. Dont doubt yourself
Lack of confidence is the great enemy for all of us. Identify the negative source thats caused your insecurity/lack of confidence. Your self-confidence will rise when you continue to write with no regard to your insecurities.
5. Face your fear, and make it your ally
If you dare to face your fears, it can become a positive force. Use your fears as a stepping off point in your story. Give your main character the same fear that you have, then let him resolve it for the better. Only you can decide when its time to let go and just write!
6. Associate with positive people, and stop associating with negative people
Having a negative influence in your life, someone who doesnt support what youre doing can crush your dreams. Find a personal cheerleader. Join a writing support group online or in real life.
7. Take responsibility
You may not succeed on the first try, but dont give up. It can take a lot of rejection to get to where you want to go. Never give up.
8. Change the way you think about writing
Can you see your success? Do you fantasize about bestsellers and book signings? Most motivational speakers agree that if you see your success, you can experience it in our actual outer life.
9. Let go of the wrong kind of control
You can only do what you can do, and then you have to let fate take over. The things you can control include work you can do in the next hour and the calls or letters that will help you market your work. Dont micromanage your writing career.
10. Congratulate yourself and celebrate when you do write
You deserve self-respect for the courage of your commitment (even when it doesnt feel like courage to you at all). You cant control receiving respect from others; you can control receiving it from yourself.