Overcoming Writers Block
Overcoming writers block should be easy if you are prepared for it before it occurs and when you know what to do when you are presently experiencing one.
Just like taking an examination at school, students’ minds suddenly get blank and they call it mental block, there is also a similar occurrence which involves writers. The writer’s block is when you basically run out of ideas to write down, or when you are having a harder time converting your thoughts to words than usual.
As a writer who composes write-ups basically almost everyday, I have encountered this, what I describe as a “menace,” as far as a penpusher is concerned. In spite of one’s knowledge and writing skills, once writer’s block attacks, the output will surely be jeopardized. That is why measures in overcoming writers block is essential.
Here are some simple and helpful tips in overcoming writers block:
1. Identify what distracts you from writing and get rid of it. Usually, the main cause of writer’s block are disrupting things or activities going on around you before or while writing. It could be a noisy environment, other people’s commotions, your mobile phone, or the internet. The internet is one of the most disrupting elements. Instead of pausing to think of what to write and how to write your facts or ideas, the temptation of the internet is very irresistible. The urge to “socialize,” check your email, etc. is very strong.
One way to avoid this kind of disruption is to use a laptop or a desktop that does not have an internet connection.
If the sounds or noise people around you make are intolerable, ask them nicely to tone down or politely move to a place or room where you can have a quieter environment.
2. Make sure your mind is well set for the task. Having a good mind setting is a strong strategy in overcoming writers block. Because it is at times a psychological thing, it should be dealt with psychologically, as well. Remember the “mind-over-matter” thinking? How about the “I believe I can do this” self motivating statement? These could all help if but used appropriately and with sincere intent.
3. Make sure you are free from any worries, problems, troubles when writing. It is given that nobody could possibly be free from any of these things, they will always be experienced, and they would always linger. But try your very best to set them all aside, even just until you finish your story or article. If your mind is preoccupied with other sort of things, you will less be capable of concentrating, which is an important element needed to successfully and even quickly accomplish a writing task.
3. Make sure your body is prepared to write. If your body is complaining about something, your mind, which is the primary thing working when writing, will concentrate on the aching part of your body instead of focusing on what to write. If you have a headache, or worse, a toothache, your mind would be pinpointing at the pain, and therefore leave you with the writer’s block with a bonus — crunching in pain. Healthy could be the right word.
4. Do not force yourself to write. Anything that is founded by force would come out anything but wonderful and effective. But even so, you need to do something to make yourself into writing. But if the writer’s block is too much to handle, especially when caused by overloading of writing task that your mind is already too tired to write, take tip number 5.
5. Take a break. Everyone needs it; especially if you are beginning to be stressed out. By the way, stress is one of the strongest elements that would trigger the writer’s block. If possible, take a nap. Your brain needs to be rejuvenated, just how a computer needs to be refreshed or restarted when it is freezes or hangs when overloaded with tasks to accomplish.
5. Create a constant motivational element. In everything we do, not just in writing, we need some sort of motivation or something or someone that could give us the extra push. But that motivation should be constant, it should always be present, ready to remind, exhort, or advise you to write even when things get tough or worse — when a writer’s block triggers.
Those constant motivational element should always be there whether or not you are on your desk writing. Those could be your family, friends, the feeling of self-satisfaction or self-fulfillment, your passion, rewards, or monetary return, etc. They even could be the fear of being fired (if you were writing professionally), the fear of losing (if you were joining a writing contest), the fear of failing a subject in school (if you were to accomplish a senior or final thesis). The deadline could likewise work.
One or all of these could be your constant motivational elements. Hold those dear in your minds and hearts, and you will be successful in overcoming writers block
Overcoming writers block
could be challenging especially when you do not sincerely desire for it to go away, or if you do not do the extra effort to surpass it.