How To Fix Writer’s Block In 3 Steps

Writer’s block happens to every writer at some point, including me. Yet, it affects each individual differently. A writer may lose the passion to write. Another may find writing too tedious to continue. Finally, an author may write hundreds of word at a time but hate it all and delete it. That last action usually happens to me. I’ll write profusely until I realize everything I wrote wasn’t good and I’ll delete it all to start over. In whatever way this affects someone, every writer seeks a way out of it. Here’s how to fix writer’s block in 3 steps.

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Step #1 On How To Fix Writer’s Block: Take A Break

The first step on how to fix writer’s block is to take a break. Yes, it is usually that simple.

I discovered long ago that if I push myself to sit and write for more than one hour without getting up to walk around or even use the bathroom my productivity suffered. I made myself sit in the chair, forcing the words to flow through my fingers, because I felt if I got up to a break I would lose inspiration. In actuality I pushed my brain to complete a task and it begged for a break.

Now I suffer writer’s block because I run into a problem with the plot in my book or story, or I don’t know how to progress the story. Frustration sets in and I can’t write. Instead of letting the anger overtake me I get up and go take a walk outside.

So when it comes to resolving writer’s block of this type I get up and go into another room, or I go outside to get fresh air. Sometimes I work on chores or a project that doesn’t deal with writing at all.

Plus, taking a break allows you to decompress because writing can be stressful at times. Yes, it’s not as stressful as putting a new roof on a house but it can be if you’re under a tight deadline. Breaks also allows your brain to stop focusing on the task at hand. Eventually, your imagination takes over, allowing a new burst of inspiration to hit you. Hopefully you’re not in the shower or sitting on the toilet when it does.

Step #2 On How To Fix Writer’s Block: Write Something Else

The second step on how to fix writer’s block is to write something else. For me, if I find I can’t get make headway writing my current work-in-progress then I put that down and write something else.

I usually turn to my journal and write down my feelings. I may journal for a page or two or spend twenty minutes doing it. During this time I’m not concerned about my previous failure. I just want to get my feelings out about whatever topic at the time. As a result of this, I find I’m more apt to go back to writing my work-in-progress and advance the story.

Or I may go and work on an idea I had for a short story or a blog post. Again, this takes my mind off my previous failure and gets me to think about what to write for my new project. Later on I’ll get the motivation to write my original piece because I have fresh ideas from my new project.

Final Step: Draw Or Doodle Something

The final step on how to fix writer’s block is to draw or doodle something. Why you may not think this could help you, using a different part of your mind to draw or doodle can soothe you. This step works even if you don’t have any artistic talent.

A while back, I had an issue with the plot in a novella I’m writing where the area the characters were in was wrong. The area was inside a volcano and I described the interior all wrong. This was because I didn’t do the proper research.

So after looking at pictures of the formation of a volcano inside and outside, I opened my notebook and drew how I wanted the area to look like. Next to my pictures I wrote down descriptions of where the characters would stand, where the lava would be, things like that. From that drawing I was able to go back to my story and have a clear picture of how to describe the room to the reader and place my characters in the proper location.

While some writers write their scenes from the pictures in their head, sometimes it’s better to be able to draw that picture and then view it as you write.

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