Let the Words Flow: How to Overcome Writer’s Block

I write every single day. It’s my passion and my job, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always easy…and that I don’t experience writer’s block.

Oh, I’ve experienced my fair share of writer’s block and it’s taken me a while to figure out how to work through it. 

Here’s the thing: It’s all part of the process. 

Sometimes your brain gets fatigued, you struggle to know the next step or it’s just an overall bad writing day.We’ve all been there. When it comes to writer’s block, somehow, I always manage to come out of it…eventually. Here are 4 things that help me move through it and prevent it as much as I can.

Give Yourself a Break

I mean this in both senses of the word. The worst thing you can do when writer’s block hits is to beat yourself up for experiencing it. Give yourself some grace and know it will pass. An actual break is equally important. If you’ve started working on something, set a timer and take a break once it goes off. Walk out of the room or get some fresh air. A simple change of scenery (or a snack/coffee break because let’s be honest, food solves most problems) can help you reset and focus. 

Early Bird Catches the Word 

Puns aside, if you are most productive in the morning that is when you should plan to do most of your writing. I personally enjoy writing in the morning when my mind is fresh and I’m starting with a blank slate. I feel the most creative during that time of day, not to mention more productive. Figure out what schedule feels best for you and stick with it. 

The Brain Dump is Your Friend 

Whenever I start writing, I always start with a brain dump. I write out everything that comes to mind on the topic I’m writing about. It’s not perfect, there’s no rhyme or reason to what comes out but it helps me get all of my ideas out on paper to then reign it in and refine. If you are worried about getting it “right” from the start you will likely end up frustrated and disappointed when it doesn’t come together how you envisioned. 

The More Eyes the Better

It always helps to have someone else review your content. Not only can they help to bring a fresh perspective but they also might be able to catch something that might not necessarily be crystal clear to you. Whether it’s a coworker or a partner, having another set of eyes can help you fill in the gaps and give you a needed confidence boost. 

Writer’s block can be a nasty thing but remember that it’s normal and it’s all part of the process. If you incorporate a few of these tips when you sit down and put pen to paper or type away on that keyboard, not only will you enjoy writing a little bit more but you may also come out the other side a stronger writer than before. 

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