How to Deal With Writer's Block
So it begins...
So here we are. My first hub. I have decided to start the 30 day hubpage challenge to help start my life on Hubpages. After spending about a half hour trying to figure out what it is we had to write about, I had come to realize that you write about whatever you want to write about.
Since I am new here, I will be very blunt in saying, I have difficulty in having no guidelines. So not only will I have the challenge of having to write 1 hub a day, but I will also have the challenge of writing without a safety net.
I have decided for my first hub, that I would write about how to get over writers block and how to write well. So, I hope you enjoy this and I hope some of you will get something out of this.
"Listening to music can help get the juices flowing."
How to be a good writer.
I really hate titling this section as "How to be a good writer" because no one in a sense is really a bad writer. Maybe this section should be called "How to better yourself as a writer", but even then, it doesn't seem right to me. So let's get right into this shall we? First off, I'll give a short list of what I feel makes a good piece of writing art.
Use good grammar!!
Grammar is probably the number one thing to making a good piece of writing art. Especially if you're trying to write about a serious topic. Some people will judge you on how you write and word things. There is a difference between "I hope you enjoyed this" and "i hope u injoyed this".
It all starts on one piece of paper. You can use the classic spider web technique or even just make a list. I personally like to make a list. Start out with your main topic and then branch off and write different main points to bring up in your writing. I have found doing that definitely helps especially if you have a bad memory like me.
Write about something you know.
Make sure you write about something you are well informed about. If you don't know about the topic, read up about it. I would spend at least an hour reading and researching about a topic before writing but if you want to write a really good piece, there is no time limit to your search! Make sure that your article or piece is totally true and factual. Remember, people may be reading your article to get information. Even if you think you know a lot about a topic, doing some quick research doesn't hurt either!
Put your heart into your work.
It is possible to write about stuff that you don't feel for, but let me tell you from experience...if you write about something that you feel strongly about, you will definitely notice a difference than if you were just writing to write. It could be any emotion you feel...happy, sad, angry, or any other feeling. In fact, writing when you're angry is a good way to let off steam!
Now that I have told you how to be a better writer, let me talk about how to get rid of writers block. These are just some tips.
Read other's work
Reading other's work will help you chose a writing style, a topic, or just some ideas. You may be reading a piece about a topic and then those brain sparks fly. It really works :) That's how I started this hub.
Listen to music
If you can't think of anything to write about, listen to music! I would advise not listening to anything with lyrics. Just instrumentals. Music gets your thoughts flowing and, at least with me, some songs can really get your emotions flying. I have gotten many ideas from just listening to instrumentals.
Work on one piece at a time
Instead of trying to get it all done real fast, take your time. Work on one section at a time. Concentrate and really think about the thing you are writing about. If you can't think of anything to write, skip to the next topic and then come back to it. You may have ideas after you've worked on everything else.
If all else fails, take a break.
It's ok to have to walk away from what you're doing for a little while. Taking a walk is a great way to clear your head and get re-focused. Do something that will give you time to think. Playing a video game is a great thing to do for a break, but not suggested for writing breaks. If you do go on a walk, take a notepad and pen with you so if you get any ideas while walking you can write them down for later.
I hope these helped and I hope you enjoy my first hub. I'll see you all tomorrow :)