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Writer's Block: How to Beat It

Every writer is familiar with the dreaded term “Writer’s Block.” It’s when you feel like you’ve run out of ideas; when you just can’t seem to get anything worthwhile onto your page; when you feel on the verge of putting your pen down and giving up. 

Dealing with writer’s block can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that writing is a process–an imperfect one filled with highs and lows. Streams of inspiration come and go, and sometimes the stress of life can get in the way of a productive writing session. All of these things are normal. 

To help you deal with writer’s block, we’ve compiled some tips: 

  1. Go for a walk: Oftentimes writer’s block can be a sign that your body needs to take a break and get a change of pace. Get up, go for a walk around your house, or go outside and walk around your park. Get your body moving, and take some fresh air. This may help wake up your body and move new ideas into your head.  
  2. Talk about your difficulties with a friend: Talking about what you’re stuck with can help you release any frustration, exhaustion, and stress related to the project you’re working on. Find someone you can be candid with, whether its a family member, friend, or significant other, and tell them what you’re going through. Maybe they can help you think of ideas that you haven’t thought of.
  3. Sleep On it: Writer’s block can sometimes be a sign of fatigue and exhaustion. Maybe you’ve had a tiring day or week and your struggle to write is a sign that you need some rest. If that’s the case, listen to your body, get a good night’s sleep, and come back to your project the next day. You may find that you’re head is clear, refreshed, and brimming with new ideas. 
  4. Read something stimulating: One of my favorite methods to beat writer’s block is to pick up a piece of writing that I know will get me thinking. Maybe there’s a particular author whose writing really inspires you or a book you’ve been reading that sparks ideas in your head. Whatever that is for you, find it, pick it up and see where it takes you.
  5. Write without hesitation: Writer’s block can sometimes be a sign that you’re being too hard on yourself and your writing. You might be thinking your ideas are not good enough or worth writing down. Challenge yourself to let go of those thoughts and write whatever comes to your mind freely. You might be surprised with what you come up with. 

Writer’s block can be difficult to deal with, but remember to be patient with yourself. We hope these tips help you on your writing journey!

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