When Writer's Block Strikes
Have you experienced Writer's Block?
What is the writer's block?
Writer's block is the state where a writer cannot seem to start, continue or finish an article or a content because of lack (or too much) of inspiration, drive, motive or any other reason that prevents him/her to think of clear ideas for a certain topic or project. At least that is how I put it. I suppose most writers, especially the emerging ones like myself, find themselves trapped in this black hole at one point.
I think the writer's block is somehow a part of the learning process of being a writer. We learn how to adapt with our emotions and well-being, especially when they are preventing us to do our work. It's very easy to drain our creative juices when we are not focused on our work; or perhaps lack the inspiration to draw ideas that can be appreciated by our readers.
If you've experienced writer's block, please... go on and read through this quick article.
There's a writer in us all
I am not a professional writer in the sense that I have no degree or Masters in Literature or Arts; nor had I attended any writing workshops or an intended course for creative writing. What I have are the basic learning of an ordinary Jane who finished a Bachelor's degree far from being that of a writer (underpaid or not). I may have however, equipped myself with information and creative ideas from the books, publications and magazines that are always handy on dull moments. There are also the movies, cartoons, TV shows, news and sports that never fail to amuse and force me to speak up or write. In that lose sense, well... I am a writer.
I'm certain there is a writer in you, too. It may not be your passion; but, there could be a budding writer in you just the same. As for me, I have developed that joy in writing over the past years. I have bravely mothered 2 wonderful blogs and proudly authored many short articles online.
What's not to love? I am paid for life for my one time creations; plus, I meet people from different walks of life on different corners of the world. That in itself is a treat for me.
While I do love my work, there are still times that I experience the dreadful writer's block. This awful feeling of nothing interesting to share or just lazy to write something new is something you wouldn't want to experience, especially if you live to write. What you want is a fountain of ideas sprouting left and right so you could turn them into readable, sensible articles.
Fortunately, I am a learning robot. I have develop ingenious plans to fight the block away. If you write 10-20 articles a month (or more); I wouldn't be surprised if you, too have your own ways of dealing with writer's block.
How to Deal with Writer's Block
Dealing with writer's block is just as difficult or as easy (depending on your state of mind) as avoiding a weight loss saboteur in your diets. If you let them win, only you lose. What I do is determine the "reasons" behind my writer's block; then, I fix it.
What are the possible reasons for a writer's block?
There are LOTS of possible reasons for not being able to produce a readable material. It may be personal, emotional, social, financial or what not's. Whatever the cause/s though, you have to know them to address them and shoo them away.
Here are some...below each are possible ways to deal with them, too.
1. Bored with daily jobs
Boredom is easy to handle. Get out from the monotony of your routine. Try listening to music or talking to a friend. Start writing about things you love to do, instead of the boring topics you're stuck with. Soon, you'll find that you are no longer bored.
2. Lazy to do a new research.
Just do it. Gather facts and spend a little time to back-up your story. This will make your article more valuable. The only way to do it is by doing it. No excuses.
3. Pre-occupied with other jobs or things.
I for instance, have been stuck in the wall for "butter". I can't seem to move on without disposing butter out of my head. What can I write about butter? Butter, butter, butter! The only reason why I want to write about it, mind you, is so that I can share with you that photo below. Now that I've done that, I'm happy. :)
Anyway, if you are pre-occupied with a certain idea or other things or job, the best thing to do (in my case) is to get that thing over with. Do that thing or just write about that particular topic so as to check that out of your list. Then, you can move on.
4. No new idea is good enough.
All ideas are good. If you think it's not good enough for now, write it down. When you have the time, you can go back to this list and develop it into something more.
5. Great idea; but is too technical. (Thereby, going back to being lazy to do a research.)
Again, take time to do the research.
6. Too many ideas emerging all at once. (The best kind of hurdle!)
This is the best kind of dilemma. When a lot of ideas are sprouting out of your brilliant head; and you just don't know which one to write about; the best thing to do is to write them down. Now you have a list of great ideas to tinker on each time you're up against the writer's block.
7. No idea is emerging. (Terrible feeling! But can be dealt with.)
8. Stressed out for having no idea at all.
#7 and #8 are related due to stress. Take time off. Relax. You can either write about what you're feeling; or grab the bucket list of great ideas you've thought of from #6. Write about what makes you at ease with writing. Soon, you'll be able to write freely again, without noticing that you've won over the writer's block.
9. Workplace is not susceptible to creative thinking.
Go to a different place to write. You can also listen to your kind of music to put you in a place where you can write freely.
10. No reason or drive to write.
This is deep. Maybe you just need time to clear your head. It'll come back to you, especially if you write for a living.
11. Haven't written for the longest time.
If this is the case, start with something that you love doing. I remember when I was writing my first articles online. I would talk about online earnings and sites that offer online works. That's how I slowly developed the skill. Then, I started writing about my passion which is on wellness. That's why most of my recent articles talk about health benefits of foods and healthy living.
How to Prevent Writer's Block
Preventing writer's block may be difficult since we don't know when it will strike. Based on my experience, it often occurs during boredom, lack of inspiration or a long rest from writing. It is after all, a skill. The often we write, the better we get. In the same light, the less writing we do, the harder it gets to finish even a quick article.
So, how to prevent writer's block? Keep on writing; and be happy doing it.
Getting Rid of Writer's Block
I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this very straightforward article. I'll see you around!