It happens to all writers at some point in their writing career. The days, weeks or perhaps months when no cohesive writing subject crosses the mind and makes it into written form. The dreaded writer’s block can be overcome, with new subjects and ideas to write about by utilizing some (or all) of these tips.
Stimulate Creative Thinking
Writing comes from creative thinking. The ability to take a lone thought or subject and create an article or book in written form takes creative thinking. Life and all it’s thought consuming demands often causes the creative thinking process to become stagnant.
Stimulate creative thinking by being in the company of creative people that will inspire and challenge you. Join a writers workshop, writers club or book club where other like-minded, creative people can be found.
Stepping outside the writer’s comfort zone will also stimulate creative thinking. The writer’s comfort zone has to do with the written word, appeal to the other senses by visiting an art gallery, music concert or joining a pottery making class. All deal with creative mediums other than words and can inspire creative thinking to overcome writer’s block. At the very least, you can walk away with an appreciation for other arts and perhaps a new idea to write about.
Spend Quality Time With Yourself
Writers spend the majority of their time alone. The very nature of the career demands that we become one with the keyboard and shut out the outside world at least for a portion of our days. But that alone time is not spent with ourselves, but rather with the thoughts of what to write on the next page. Spending quality alone time with yourself and to reflect on your own thoughts can help overcome writer’s block.
Daily journaling is a reflective mental exercise that can unlock the door blocking creative thinking. Gardening is both a physical and reflective exercise that will inspire creative thinking with the sights and sounds of nature. Anything you enjoy doing that will force the thought process to focus on inward on yourself instead of outward, just for a few minutes each day, will help overcome writer’s block.
Write in a Quiet, Clutter-Free Environment
Noise and clutter are detrimental to creative thinking. The mind is distracted by whatever the noise may be and a cluttered work space clutters the mind and halts the creative thought process. Turn off the TV or iPod, close out the email and Twitter windows that so easily distract web writers and de-clutter the work space so the eyes and mind won’t rove.
Overcome writer’s block by stimulating creative thinking, spending quality time alone and writing in a quiet, clutter-free environment.