5 Ways to Deal with Writer's Block
Maan de Vera
Whether you’re writing for fun or out of responsibility, there are days when everything simply falls into place and you can write in red heat with all the right words arranging themselves neatly. On the other hand, there are days when all you can do is simply stare at the blank paper or screen in anxiety because no matter how hard you try, you just can’t muster anything. Well, the harsh truth is, there will always be days like that. But fret not; there are things that you can do whenever you're stuck in the rut.
Here are 5 ways to deal with a writer’s block:
If there is a surefire way to sabotage your ability to generate ideas and put them into writing, that would definitely be allowing yourself to get overwhelmed. So if you feel like you’re getting up, remember that it’s best for you to calm yourself down first.
2. Take a break.
Don’t force it. Sometimes, all you need to do is to take a step back and allow yourself to be inspired. Read and watch materials that are related to what you’re supposed to write. By doing so, you can see things from a different perspective and you’ll surely develop your own in no time.
3. Rethink your topic.
There are times when there’s really nothing wrong about you, it’s just that you’re not really into the subject of your piece. It would really be hard to make a sensible writeup over something that you’re completely uninterested in. Just remember that you can still talk about the same thing using different angles.
4. Talk to yourself about it.
What would you say if the pressure to write isn’t there? Just sit comfortably and start processing your thoughts without putting them first. What do you really think? Imagine that you’re just talking to a friend and you’re free to voice out your honest opinion. Doing so will allow your ideas to simply just flow.
5. Just write.
Don’t worry about having to make sense right away. Just take note of anything that comes into your mind. It’s easy to get lost when you’re also focused on your grammar and formatting. So, it would also be best to not consider these things for now. You can always go back and polish your work, so for now, just let your thoughts flow in the form of words.
Never ever doubt your capabilities just because you’re in a writer’s block. Truth be told, it happens to even the best writers out there. But how you write despite these hindrances is what truly counts. So, write on!