7 TIPS TO OVERCOME WRITER'S BLOCK

16:15 Elijah Ogidi-Olu 0 Comments


A writer’s nightmare, a tunnel that has turned into an abyss for many a few writers who innocently lacked the right information on the exact thing to do to unwind themselves from the feeling of being trapped in their own heads – the frustrating and depressing feeling of the Writer’s Block. There is no experienced writer anywhere in the world who does not know what writer’s block is, just that you might have experienced it without knowing what to call what you’re experiencing. But as a writer, writer’s block at some point is as sure as breathing in oxygen whether you’re awake or asleep.

There are various kinds of Writer’s Block, ranging from you not being able to come up with any idea, just staring blankly at your computer or notepad to having the ideas in your head not being able to write it down or not feeling you have the right words to convey the message, to getting stuck in the middle of a project. But as it’s rightly said, lack of information could leave you in a state of deformation. Hence, this vital piece of information on how to navigate your way out of Writer’s Block and be rest assured that these seven tips does work.

1. Take a break – Your brain might be bored without you even knowing it and this could cause a jam in your thought-flow. Reading and Writing are one of the few things that bore the brain easily and one of the best ways this can be tackled is changing your activity. Stare at the ceiling, watch some videos, take a walk, make some phone calls, and so on.


2. Write something else – Take a break from your main project, and just pick up a pen and begin scribbling things down. No forethoughts, no grammar, no structure, probably not even punctuations and paragraphs. Just give it a free-flow or freestyle. This clears your jam while not totally taking you out of the zone. This works most times when you feel your work load is more than you.


3. Task your mind – Similar to doing something else, task your mind or do something creative. Paint a picture, edit some photos either on your photo editor or photoshop, do some knitting, repair some stuffs, Work in the garage, play games. This personally works for me. Doing this helps you jump the road block just in front of the creative areas of your mind.


4. Sleep in thought – Creative thinking at bedtime also helps in overcoming writer’s block. “Think before you sleep” is a technique I’ve successfully used on a number of occasions. Thinking about what your project entails just as you’re about to doze off definitely works, especially if your project is a story. Personalize the characters; you could even put yourself in the plot and so on. That moment before bedtime is one of the best times to do that.


5. Early bird technique – Believe it or not, your writing flows better in the morning. I mean around 4am – 8am. At that time, your brain is still in some charged up level and you explore your imaginative areas more just after you wake up. This is just a fact you personally might not agree with but test it over time and you’ll realize what I call “the early bird” technique is actually very real.


6. Edit some write-ups – Editing some of your old write-ups, definitely helps overcome Writer’s Block. Skim through the pages and change the words, the structure/plot or both. Something like examining yourself. This method I must say doesn’t work for every writer and doesn’t work all the time, from my personal experience.


7. Don’t force it – This is arguably the most important step. Don’t force working on a project you feel jammed on. You could be doing more harm than good by flogging your brain to work. You don’t want to experience the pathetic sabbatical effect of the aftermath of forcing a project out of your Writer’s Block. It’s really one of the worst nightmares a writer could face.

Writer’s block, though isn’t funny but once you can master your zone, you can easily wriggle your way out of it in no time at all and implementing these tips would hopefully also help in pulling you out of it… But remember, don’t force it.


Thanks for your time.





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