- Re-evaluate your work space. Is it cluttered? Disorganized? Or are you simply writing on the back of napkins while you sit in a crowded coffee shop? This scenario may work for some but for others, not so much. Clean up your space, make it your office no matter how little room you have to work with. I myself sit as a two foot by one foot desk in a 10×10 room. But the desk is still neat and tidy with my post its in the right spot and my pencils in the holder.
- Set up a writing schedule. Show up every day at the same time to write. Make it your job and not just a past time. If you are serious about your novels, poetry etc you will want to make them your job anyway!
- Deadlines. They are not something I am great at either but set them for yourself and then stick to it!
- Just don’t write! Hey if you need a break you need a break! Go for a walk, clean the house, watch a movie do whatever you need to do to get your mind off those 3000 words you swore you would write today
- Exercise. It’s good for the body and mind, but I don’t mean crunches. Do some writing exercises to get those creative bubbles popping up to the top.
- Above all don’t be too hard on yourself. If you didn’t manage to get your 3000 words in don’t add those to tomorrow and swear you will do 6000 to make up the difference. There is a time and place for everything. The time to be critical of yourself is not during writing, it’s during editing!
- Try working on more than one project at a time. If you find you’re bored with the current one move to the next. I thought this would confuse me but it is actually one of the few things that work!
- Capture ideas! Take a notebook with you wherever you go. You never know when inspiration will hit you smack in the face.
- Re-red over your last chapter. Maybe even your whole novel. Really look at what you’re writing. Perhaps the problem isn’t that you have writer’s block, maybe the real problem is you’re trying to push an idea into your work that has no right being in there to begin with!
- Stop waiting for that great idea! Heck, if I did that I would never write anything!
Here are a few quotes from other authors on Writer’s Block that I also find helpful…
“I think writer’s block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.” (Roy Blount, Jr.)
“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.'” (Maya Angelou)
So, how do you overcome Writer’s Block?