Being stuck leads to frustration. Before you can keep going, you’re tangled in knots, immobilized, practically paralyzed. Your bright ideas desert you. Suddenly you can’t write a single respectable sentence or sustain the simplest chain of thoughts. The next thing you know, you’re suffering from writer’s block.
Writer’s block is a condition of psychological hindrance or inhibition that makes it difficult for a writer to do his work. The writer struggles with his creativity and is either unable to generate new ideas or finish a writing job. This is a common syndrome among writers and can be for a short period or may last even longer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a seasoned writer, it can get to anyone, anytime.
What are some of the reasons for writer’s block?
- The writer doesn’t have the needed inspiration.
- He or she could be physically ill or mentally depressed.
- The writer is likely going through extreme mental agony (financial problems, relationship problems, etc.)
- He or she feels the pressure of imposing deadlines.
- Fear of failure.
Many writing projects don’t even make it to the first sentence, as the writer wilts under the pressure and cannot write down even those first few words. Getting stuck makes it hard for the writer to do his writing work properly. If it stays for a longer period, the writer may also lose his confidence level and creativity.
If you are bogged down at the beginning and feel the fangs of writer’s block digging in you, take a decisive emergency action. Do something to beat writer’s block:
Take A Break
Stop being a machine. Take a break. Separate yourself from writing and give your mind some rest. Do what pleases you most; listening to music, taking a walk, watching a movie or even visiting a new place. Give yourself enough time to rejuvenate. A refreshed mind will prompt you back to work.
Change your surroundings. Something is distracting your concentration? Change the setting of your work place. Go to a new location to work – from your room to the balcony or your garden or any other place that suits you for a short duration. Use the new location to pick up your pace. Try to break the monotony now and then.
Talk to people. It can lift your mood. You can talk to your family, some old friend or anyone else you want to talk to. You can even discuss your writing work with them and brainstorm with them. Who knows, they may even be able to give you a new idea to work on. Even chatting about miscellaneous things also helps.
Exercise to calm your body, thoughts, and emotions. A 10-minute exercise increases your blood flow, which will relieve you from physical and mental stresses. Exercise has been known to help beat writer’s block. It is available to everybody at practically no cost.
Detach yourself from your writing subject. Start writing freely whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be a particular topic. Just scribble down anything you like. It can be a poem, a story, an article, even a to-do list or anything meaningless. From being stuck, your mind now gets a free flow and fresh ideas start coming in.
Some say that writer’s block doesn’t exist. But it does and many writing projects grind to a halt because of it. It affects writers in different ways. What works for one writer may not be effective for another. So choose the one that works best for you. Keep trying until you get the right one and regain your rhythm.