How to Overcome Writer’s Block?

In one of his podcast episodes, Cal Newport mentions that he (and other professional writers) does not believe in writer’s block. His stance is pretty similar to Chuck Close, who says, “Inspiration is for amateurs.” They state that what writer’s block feels like for other people is just a usual process for an experienced writer.

So, what does writer’s block feel for the general audience?

Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.

Wikipedia

Writer’s block is truly a nightmare for writers. It can last for days or sometimes, only for a time. Over the years, I have experienced a number of writer’s block. Here are some tips as to how I deal with these periodic moments of uncertainty.

Reasons for experiencing writer’s block

  • Timing

Timing is one of the crucial factors of experiencing writer’s block. We always tend to say, “I do not have much time for it” or “Oh, I will do it later.” These are some of our common phrases.

  • Fear

Fear is the biggest factor for writer’s block. We are worried to put ourselves out there. For instance, writing for a blog would include actually writing a post and then publishing it on the website, so putting it out on the digital domain. Our fear of judgement and criticisms might actually stop us from getting over the resistance and build the momentum.

  • Perfectionism

Most of us want to have that perfect piece. Little do we know that the perfect piece is hardly a result of first-time efforts. Perfection is arbitrary. It is limitless. And chasing it is a perpetual venture. While we should always review our work for the better, we should also remember that the first time is always about dumping your thoughts rather than enacting it for your readers.

  • Lethargy

Last but not the least, lethargy plays a huge role in most cases. This is because, as humans, we crave faster rewards. Surfing through social media is a much easier reward than actually writing a chapter or a blog post. Therefore, we tend to avoid the harder work for instant rewards.

How to overcome writer’s block?

I wish I had a good answer for this. There is no fixed answer about overcoming writer’s block. The best way is to try different solutions and see what resonates with you. Each individual is different and therefore, the solution would not be similar for every single person.

Some of the things that you can try to overcome writer’s block are:

  • Take a walk, you never know where inspiration strikes
  • Do away with potential distractions. Put away your phone, get some beverage and fire on that instrumental playlist to focus on just writing and nothing else.
  • Get some high-intensity exercise. Get that adrenaline pumped.
  • Time block writing session/s. Just do it. Just sit down and write.
  • Brain dump. Sometimes, we just need to get the jumble of our ideas on the page before we can sort them out properly.
  • Brainstorm. If you think that you are running out of ideas, take some time and do some brainstorming in bullet points.
  • Read a book. For any writer, reading serves as a fuel. Therefore, reading a book can get you many ideas and inspiration. You never know which name of a street or a character might help you write your book.
  • Consume other content. This is something I personally believe the most. We all have our own interests. With the advent of the internet, we can look for people sharing similar interests and optimise it in our own way.

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How to not overcome writer’s block?

Let’s talk about the ways one should not try to overcome the writer’s blocks. Certain activities can actually hamper your productivity and stir your the other way:

  • Do not wait for motivation to strike.
  • Do not beat yourself up. Try small but be earnest.
  • Writer’s block cannot be overcome by binge-watching shows and movie. There is always a limit.
  • Fewer excuses. More action.
  • Consuming too much content. As stated earlier, there is a limit to everything. The interest has an oversaturation of content. Knowing the right limit and acting on it is essential.

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Final Take

Writer’s block is natural. Almost everyone experiences them. However, the only way to defy it is by merely writing. Just sit down and write. Anything. Create pointers, generate the ideas and pin them down, no matter how absurd they are. The key is not to stare at a black screen or notebook – capturing the ideas in bullet points would help you to get into that flow state of writing!

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, what are your ways to combat it?



3 thoughts on “How to Overcome Writer’s Block?”

  1. Fab post! I wrote a similar post some time ago and I also covered most of these tips. I love that you also talk about the reasons of writer’s block, which I reckon is important to know. Because taking a break won’t help if your writer’s block stems from perfectionism for example. I’m sure this post will be helpful to many people 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Pinpointing the reason/s for experiencing such as issue is always a good way to curb it in the first place. And yes, sometimes, we just need to push ourselves to get over the resistance.
      I’ve had read your post regarding the topic too! Great one.
      Thanks for commenting!:)

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