Perhaps its because it’s Monday morning, or that the sun is shining, but it appears I have a case of writer’s block.
Whether its half an hour of head scratching or three years of sheer frustration, the irritating void of words or ideas has the capacity to drive you round the bend.
But like every writer I’ve been here before and managed to wrangle myself out of a wordy black hole. And in times like these, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to get you back on track.
First things first, break whatever it is you’re doing into chunks. Articles, essays, books, reports… no matter what you are writing they all need structure. It’s this structure which can be your saving grace. Promise yourself to work on one section that you know you can do and get on with it.
If it’s ideas that are the problem, get hold of an old jotter or notebook and start writing things down that you like or interest you, what you see or even what you’ve overheard. Writing doesn’t have to be perfect every time you put pen to paper. Getting into the habit of writing down even the basic things can create the best ideas out of nothing.
Many writers just don’t believe they have what it takes to do the job at hand. But even writing down how you are feeling can prove to be an inspiration. Half the battle is being able to continue writing and not just give up completely.
However, if it is all proving too much, sometimes the best thing to do is to walk away for a while and do something else that completely absorbs you. For some that’s a long walk and plenty of fresh air, for others it’s decorating the spare room. It’s uncanny how good ideas can surface when you least expect it.
Above all else try not to admit defeat. See off the writers despair and you’ll get there in the end.
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