At one time or another, every writer is bound to experience writers block. Whether it is a creative writer, a poet, a freelance or paid writer; it happens to the best of us. Here are some tips to get through the writers block and rekindle the passion of writing.
Why We Write
I think it is important to remember why we write in the first place. If you are experiencing writers block, take a step back and think about what writing has done for you in your life. Try to remember the sense of satisfaction you felt from creating your first poem or writing your first short story. Maybe writing is a way for you to express your feelings or gives you comfort in those dark moments.
We can lose sight of our passion for writing, especially if it is forced writing. If you write for a living or are a college student, this can become particularly challenging.
Taking a Break
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break sometimes. Often, that’s all we need to get our creative juices flowing again. Try going for a walk or scenic drive. Take time to cherish the little things in life and forget about writing for a while. When you come back to your project, you will be amazed at the new found energy and perspective you have developed just by taking a break.
Regardless of what type of writing you partake in, creativity is the main factor for getting results. When I sit down to write for example, I doodle before I begin to write. This seems to really help me and I know other writers who also use this tactic.
After a quick doodling session, I then write down the topic that I am going to write on. I create a brainstorming diagram and break down the topic into several sub topics. I then begin to assess what I know about this topic and finally do some research.
Do Your Research
With the exception of journaling, research is imperative for creating an informative and comprehensive write. I generally research several subtopics of what it is I want to write about and then begin a draft. I find a confident air to my writing when I have a fresh perspective or now possess information about my topic that I didn’t have before. There’s nothing wrong with writing based on personal experience, though, having credible resources adds to your own credibility and makes for an interesting read.
If you follow these few tips, writers block will become more of an annoyance than a block. One final tip; explore other avenues of expression. Try your hand at painting or origami. Take up karate or golf. Through trying new experiences you will develop a better understanding of yourself as well as ignite a creative spark that you may not have known was there. Good luck with writing and all your creative endeavors!