Vanquishing the Villain: Writer’s Block

Conquering Writer’s Block

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It hits all writers. You’re in the middle of writing a gripping story and the flow of ideas just seems to stop. It seems you can’t come up with anything fascinating or interesting enough. But don’t despair. There are ways to fight writer’s block. Most of it is all in your head. It’s only a matter of changing your attitude towards this pesky villain.

Here’s what you can do:

1.      Expose yourself to other forms of art

Watch your favourite film or flip through your favourite television shows. Visit an art museum. Music, film, paintings, photographs and other artistic material help you gain perspective, and see things in a new light. You’ll get outside from your fiction world and instead see the bigger world. It might also give you some ideas.

2.      Exercise

Exercise has a lot of benefits. Not only will you shape up, but you’ll get your blood flowing and your brain working. You’ll be surprised at how much a walk relaxes you, refreshes your mind and gets you thinking.

3. Get writing

Work through your writer’s block. Sometimes it’s just a self-fulfilling prophecy; you’re just telling yourself that you can’t do it and believing it. It doesn’t matter if your writing is not very good, you can always edit it and make it even better next time.

4. Take a break

If working through it doesn’t help, take a rest from writing. Sometimes we need time away from our writing to actually get back into it. You may be thinking about it too much and forcing yourself to write. A break can help you brainstorm and mull over ideas. Just don’t take too long of a break or you’ll get yourself into a bad habit.

Remember to keep focused and working hard. Writer’s block can discourage you, but only if you let it. At the end of the day, you’re the one who has the power to give your story and characters life.

What do you do to conquer writer’s block? If you have any tips, feel free to comment or contact me.

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