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10 Proven Methods To Banish Writers Block



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10 Proven Methods To Banish Writers Block

10 Proven Methods To Banish Writers Block
We all suffer from that dreaded writers block from time to time. And we even write huge articles on how to overcome it! And sometimes, we even hit writers block trying to write an article that tells you how to overcome writers block! Oh the irony! But to help with that, I've taken the angle as though I'm giving you 10 quick condensed tips on how to overcome it.

1. Set a Regular Writing Time
It's all about brain training when it comes to writing. By setting a regular writing time, you'll train your brain into getting into writing mode so that when you do sit down to write, your brain will be ready for it as you have trained and conditioned it to get used to sitting down at that time and writing. So set a regular writing time and stick to it!

2. Read the Writers You Love
When you read the articles, books and other literature from and by the writers you love the most, you'll often find moments of inspiration and it can also spark ideas and associations for ideas and more. Simply put, when you hit writers block, stop writing and start reading. It's one of the best ways to overcome it!

3. Read Good Books on Writing
As a great way to not only help with overcoming your writers block, but also as a way to improve your own reading and writing skills, pick up and read books on writing! Books like Steering the Craft by Ursula Le Guin and The Art of Fiction by John Gardner. These books will help you to come up with new ways of writing too.

4. Take 5 Minutes to Just Write
Even if you're lost for words, completely. Just try to take 5 minutes to write down those fleeting thoughts and ideas that run through your mind. Thoughts are electrical signals and electricity acts very randomly unless it's contained in a wire. And once they're gone, they're gone forever. So write down fleeting thoughts and ideas for later inspiration!

5. Create Realistic Goals
As a way to achieve more writing, more effectively, break down your writing tasks into goals you want to acheive and set a reward for them when you have reached them. That could be to enjoy a cold pint of beer at your local pub or to buy something nice for yourself or even have a celebratory party!

6. Write Badly Very Badly
One of the best ways to write better is to write badly. Write very badly for your first draft and that will give you license to ease your crippling doubts. What does that mean? Well try writing something really badly and not caring about grammar and you'll see what I mean!

7. Mix It Up and Skip It
Do you still have writers block? Mix it up a bit! Instead of focusing on the part you're stuck on, skip it! Skip to the next section, scene, paragraph or chapter. Even start in reverse and work your way backwards. Sometimes when you know what's already going to happen, you can better know the words to write that lead up to it.

8. Use Mind Mapping
Most articles are linear. What that means is they start at the start and end at the finish. They start from the outside in. But instead of writing in a linear format. Try writing from the inside out. Write down your ideas in the center of the page and then branch out ideas from these ideas outwards.

9. Change Writing Location
Sometimes the location where we write can have a massive affect on the quality of our work. For example; writing in a small room with no window might help you focus but wont do much for your creativity. Where as writing in a big room with a big window and view will help keep you inspired and motivated to write more.

10. Make Writing Dates
This is sort of similar to the 1st tip in that you set up writing times. But with a writing date you set up a date to sit down with a fellow writer and both write together in a shared and quiet place. This will help as you can bounce off each other and spur each other on to keep on writing until a certain time when you can put down pen and pick up pint!

Conclusion
Writers block isn't something that needs to be permanent! There are many ways of overcoming it. Honestly, the best tip I could give apart from these here is to stop writing and start reading! But all these other tips should truly help too! I know because I use them myself when I experience and come up against writers block. And if I can, you can too! 10 Proven Methods To Banish Writers Block

Do you use any of these tips when experiencing writers block?

What other tips would you give for overcoming writers block?

Cheers!

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ktparker2

I find that reading works every time to end my writer's block. There are certain authors I love reading so much that I instantly feel motivated to write from the heart. I also skip to another place when I get stuck.

I have never tried it before but I like the idea of creating writing goals and celebrating when you reach them. I like this so much I plan to try it right away....or write away : )



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iamawriter

Those are good suggestions. In my case if my mind is preoccupied with some unsettled issues then I get into a writer's block. Until that is sorted out it becomes very difficult for me to think of writing. But I do jot down points for development as and when I am ready.



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LeJayJ

Talk about writer's block, I can't even unblock enough right now to write a comment on writer's block!!! Now that's bad. I like the idea about just write badly. I think I can manage that one OK. See, I'm doing it right now without even trying. If I wanted to I could fill my whole screen right now with a whole bunch of nonsense that no-one, not even me, wants to read but what good does that do me or anyone else? I'm not sure but it unblocked me enough to choke out this post.



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galegatling

LOL! Happens to me sometimes too. It's like you would come to a point wherein you don't even want to write anymore but you must. It's a weird feeling. I sometimes would even write anything just like you, and I don't mean that I use my brain and think of whatever I write. I just write something like this if you've been to the zoo and saw a fly would you eat the dinner last night because why not? It tastes good and tomorrow is another day. Lol. Then I would probably go to a deep sleep and hibernate. x.x



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DarthHazard

The most important thing is that you relax after writing. If you are spending way too much time writing content then it may affect you and you may just to get writer's block. If you do get it, then try to go for a walk and try to relax. If you can't go for a walk, then just take a little break and watch your favourite TV show (a comedy is probably the best to relax). Mixing it up, like you suggested is also a great way to banish writer's block. If you're having trouble with one part, skip it and come back to it later.



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Baburra

Great tips as always, thanks for sharing! I would also like to add that keeping a library of topics is very helpful. I always make sure to write down ideas whenever I come up with new ones, even when I am already done writing for the day or already have a lot of backup topics, because I know that someday I may have to reach into my bin of ideas when I'm in a rut or facing a deadline and need to come up with something quick. Having something like this also helps with alleviating stress and thought organization since once I put down my ideas I can be comfortable just forgetting about them and never having to think about them again until the next time I write. This way I always have confidence that I can come up with a topic quickly even if I am feeling uninspired.



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peachpurple

Is it true that writing badly for my articles would help me to generate comments? Or put my readers off for good?



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Tangale

For me, my writers block was so bad and brutal to the point that i could be having all this great ideas in mind begging to be put down on paper but i could not just open my laptop or pick the pen and pad and write them down. If writers block could be a sport, i could easily win the Olympics for that (you know what i mean). But i found a way to beat it. Just right small, no matter how small and keep writing small until you get the flow. If you got the ideas flowing in your mind and your writers block steps up just right the key points down and come back to finish later.



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Corzhens

I think that is a good advice – change writing location. That’s the reason why I bought a laptop because my husband sometimes complains to me that he gets bored in using the desktop. It’s always the same place in the corner of our living room. With the laptop, he can write in the backyard garden or in the terrace in front of our house. I usually find him in our bedroom writing while watching tv. The tv may be an interference but that is his way of avoiding boredom while writing.



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Barida

This is true for someone like me always find it difficult to write on places where there are many people and whenever I notice the issue with that, I tend to change location and find a quite place where I can't pen down what I have in mind. There are many ways to overcome the issue of not knowing what to say and this is simply one of the ways that we can get to do so.



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Pixie06

Whenever I have the writer's block I usually take a break and most of the times I go out for a walk or I listen to meditating music. At times I take my laptop to the nearest park and being in nature helps to clear my mind and makes me feel relaxed. So I agree with your last point that changing the writing location works. However, during the holidays it gets a bit noisy in the park as there are many children playing around making it difficult for me to find a good quiet spot.



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Barida

Amazing ways that we can get to overcome the issue of writers block. One thing that I've come to notice is that reading what we like can be a way that we get to develop the skills that we want as regards making good articles. Also, setting out the time that we write is another good tip that anyone experiencing some issues with writers block will have to adopt and try as much as they can to stay true to the schedule in order to achieve the desired success.



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Chinet23

I really believe that we can condition our mind so I think that setting the date and time for writing will really work. The rest of the tips are not of lesser value. These are all helpful to overcome writer's block.



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jaymish3

I actually disagree with writing at a regular time. I think this is a good for time management however for the purposes of getting ideas I don't think that it works at all. I think to write you need inspiration and this can sometimes be found by changing your routine like writing at different times of the day or writing at different places. Sometimes you can write best in the morning, sometimes at night. Number 1 receives a negative from me.



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Kakashi2020

Number 9 is agreeable to me. I've done it a lot of times, I write mainly indoors but when I'm suffering from writer's block, I would leave the house and go to an outdoor location to write and the change of scenery usually does its job.



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Kakashi2020

I think that Giving yourself a break, some time off from writing should be included in the list. Having a writing break is always a good thing to do when suffering from writer's block because it gives your mind time to reboot and rest. It eases tension and reduces the stress buildup.



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stbrians

I wondered at writing badly. You stressedstressed the badly. I love that. It will help ease the writers block. That is great.



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jpk0007

Very easy and effective ways of dealing the problem of writer's block which every writer experiences from time to time. I guess if you are doing work constantly without even taking small breaks in between in order to complete your pending assignment or completing your target then you are eventually going to face this problem of a complete block on your thinking process. actually, it is a signal of your mind and body to take a break. the ideas like doing something which is interesting like reading will definitely help and revitalize you eventually to restart your work.



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jaymish3

I don't think that writers block is necessarily fatigue. I think that writers block is your stuck. This happens most to people who write fiction, where you need to be super creative. Sometimes you loose your creativity. When this happens, I think that you need to find a way to be re-inspired. The way to do this is to do things that inspire you like taking a walk in the woods, in the forest,on the beach e.t.c.I find the best way to find inspiration is to visit a beautiful location. This should get your creative juices flowing.



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cmoneyspinner

I throw out ideas and/or ask my husband or kids for their thoughts about particular things. Their different perspectives often help me get over writer's block.



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