One of the frightening experiences Wayne had as a writer is figuring out how to overcome the writer’s block and continue writing. At some point, he was actually relieved to learn that there is a condition called writer’s block that affects almost every writer.
Here, he shares some of the methods he’s used and some that seem too weird but he’s yet to put them to the test.
Find a good support group
If you are in school and your department has established support groups, it’s time to get serious about joining. But if there isn’t any, you’ll do you a favor by joining forces with a writing partner for motivation. For professional writers, the solution is simple and complicated at the same time. First, you can look for support groups online or get in touch with other writers around you.
Don’t wait for the perfect time to write but instead write whatever comes to mind
If you haven’t made any progress in your writing, this method can get you started. Although it serves as a warm-up, it is very effective in getting you into the creative mode.
At times this strategy will not only help clear your mind but will also help you in coming up with new ideas. When stuck, try to see if the things you’ve written down can be organized into constructive information.
Identify the specific gaps or whatever is causing difficulties and ask for help
Sometimes, you’ll be facing a block simply because you are intimidated by the size of the project you are working on. More often than not, you can overcome this by gathering more facts and building confidence about the topic.
While most students tend to panic on finding a significant gap on a subject, it is actually a good sign. This is because you can formulate specific questions addressed to people that are more informed than you. Remember that the first step to bridging a gap successfully is to know what to look for.
Develop a habit to write daily
Perhaps one of the most useful tactics is to develop a habit of writing on a daily basis. Whenever possible, make sure you are writing at the same location and time frame. If you can’t create enough time for the routine for any specific day, ensure you spend at least 15 minutes writing.
Although it may seem petty, this trick is very useful in keeping the writer’s block at bay. However, you should dedicate some time to focus entirely on writing and not just maintaining writing spirit.
Alternate writing with brief breaks
While most writings require you to spend a long time on the computer, it’s not easy to stay focused for several continuous hours. Therefore, try to incorporate breaks into your writing sessions so help your mind get a better perspective on the task at hand.
Basically, an exhausted mind will not be efficient at generating new ideas. Instead of staring at the computer with a blank mind, it’s better to take some few minutes off. When possible, take a short walk to refresh or you can decide to take things to the next level by hitting the gym.