A few days ago I proposed an idea where I write a series of posts about writing in my post here. A lot of people seemed to love my ideas! I’m so excited to use what I have learned over the years (I sound like I’m old and experienced – trust me, I’m not) and what mistakes I have made and what I have learned about writing and what tips and tricks I think may help some of you!
One of my ideas most people seemed to want to see was how to avoid writer’s block. The only thing possibly worse than a reading slump is writer’s block. If you aren’t already familiar with the term – though I bet most of you are – it’s whenever a writer doesn’t feel the pull to write anything and doesn’t have the inspiration to write. The words won’t flow and all-around it’s awful.
If you feel like a writer’s block is coming your way, do everything in your power to keep it from happening. Here are some things I do whenever I feel like writer’s block is headed my way:
- Watch YouTube videos either about reading or writing – just anything book-related.
- Play calming music and light some candles, calming surroundings can clear your head and lessen the stress you put upon yourself.
- Do something calming that doesn’t require much brainpower, such as knitting, reading a graphic novel or light fluffy contemporary book, bake something yummy, etc.
- Go over what you have already written, adding in little things that could make your work sound better to you. Never delete anything that you could possibly regret later!
- Don’t pressure yourself to write when you don’t feel like writing, or better yet, if you feel like writing but don’t feel like writing a particular scene at the moment, make a note to write that scene later on and write the scenes that you do feel like writing. I did this when I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and it helped me so much!
- Just write down words on paper or words on your word document. As long as your writing something down, writer’s block won’t be able to catch up with you!
Now you’re probably wondering what you should do if you’re already experiencing writer’s block. I’ve experienced it too many times to count and I’m ashamed to say that the way I ‘overcame’ it was by simply not writing. I hadn’t written a single word in my book for over 6 months before Camp NaNoWriMo came along.
But I don’t give you that advice! There are loads of things that people do to get out of writer’s block. Here are a few of them:
- Take a break and read a book in the genre of book your writing. Reading a book can give you the motivation and drive to write your own.
- Change your writing environment. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to get the words flowing. If you usually write in your bed or somewhere else in your house, try moving somewhere outside or go to a local cafe or park and write. Sometimes all the inspiration you need is looking at the real world through your own eyes. Actually going out and doing things can bring you more inspiration than you’d think. Don’t worry, I’m still working on this one as well.
- Write the ideas you have for your story in a bullet journal or list. This will help get all your thoughts on paper so you don’t forget them before you’re ready to actually incorporate them into your story.
Now that we’ve talked about the things you should do to overcome writer’s block and to try and prevent it from happening, I’ll list a few things you should never do whenever you’re in writer’s block.
- Doubt yourself as a writer. I know we all do this but if you just keep on doubting yourself, nothing will ever happen and you’ll just fall deeper and deeper into your writer’s block!
- Go on Netflix. Don’t even think about opening Netflix because if you do, there’s no going back! We all know the dangers of Netflix and when you’re trying to write a book, The Walking Dead ain’t gonna help you! Trust me, I speak from personal experiences.
- Delete your work. DON’T. DO. IT. Once you hit that backspace button there is no going back! I’ve been in such self-doubt and such a writer’s block before where I deleted about 1/3 of my novel because I hated my own writing and story and characters so much. The one thing I can ask you not to do is delete the words you spent time and effort on, even if you think it’s all atrocious. You will regret it later!
- Let the inspiration come back to you on it’s own. Your inspiration and will to write isn’t a dog! Don’t wait for it to come back home on it’s own! I did this and I hadn’t written a single word in at least half a year! I was being a brain-numb idiot thinking that the inspiration to write would just come upon me one day when I had all the free time in the world. That’s not how it works! Writing doesn’t come that easy!
So that was it for the first post in my new writing post series Writing Prophecies! I hope you enjoyed it and possibly learned something (and got inspiration?) from this! Please let me know if you have anything that you’d add to this post yourself as well as tips you might have and suggestions for future posts for me to write!