Dreaded Writer’s Block … When Wishing it Away Won’t Work
Oh, that dreaded writer’s block, wicked adversary of productivity. How does one shake this curse to creativity? Here’s a few things you should try before downing yet another cup of coffee.
If you’ve found yourself in the midst of writer’s block, maybe it’s time to switch up your routine. Some people find it incredibly helpful to write in a different position or use a different writing utensil altogether.
Working within a Microsoft Word document? Give that menacing white screen the cold shoulder and write your post directly in WordPress. Sometimes even a small change of scenery gets the gears moving again.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain
Going Off the Grid
Shut down your computer, turn off your phone and step out of the digital world – don’t worry, it’ll still be there waiting for you. Author Austin Kleon believes your digital desk should really only be used for editing and publishing.
If you’re stuck on a certain part of your content, try writing it out by hand. Sometimes there’s more thought going into every word when you allow yourself to trade your keyboard for a pen or pencil. Slow down and embrace your inner Thoreau.
“… if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.” — Ernest Hemingway
Bless This Mess
Are you worried the content your producing is utter dribble? Try embracing it!
The hardest thing to do during a bout of writer’s block is commit anything to the page. Slog through and you’ll be surprised how much of your material is actually useable. Don’t be hypercritical of your output or you’ll find yourself in quicksand, fast.
Remember: inspiration comes from everywhere, you shouldn’t be afraid to allow your mind to wander!