Everyone who likes writing, whether it’s stories, blogs, poetry or whatever, has at some point had writer’s block. This is because writer’s block is very common. You just sit there and think, “Ugh I want to write but I have nothing to write about!” In my opinion, there are relatively simple ways to get rid of writer’s block. Today I will write about 5 of these.
Writers often write inside, in a dark room to keep their creativity contained so they can effectively release it on paper. If you have writer’s block, you can just go outside. Sit under a tree, for example and look around you. Look at the skies, the trees, the grass, cars passing by; it doesn’t matter what you look at. When you are focused on whatever you’re looking at, this can spark new ideas so you have something to write about.
- Close your eyes to get rid of writer’s block
If looking at whatever is going on around you isn’t working, then do the exact opposite: close your eyes. There are a lot of thoughts going on in our head that can spark ideas. Sometimes we just need to listen to “all the voices in our head”.
If you don’t have a million and one thoughts in your head, closing your eyes is also a good way to focus on your other senses. Try smelling what your neighbor is cooking, smell the shampoo that you washed your dog’s hair with, if you’re a smoker smell the nicotine in your own breath… There are a lot of ideas that can be sparked by your sense of smell. The same goes for your sense of touch. So close your eyes and get rid of writer’s block.
- Write about something that happened to someone else to get rid of writer’s block
People are social creatures and like to share stuff about themselves. If you’re a writer, you can think of something someone told you and for example, write what you think of that situation. As a good friend/ family member, you should not mention who the post is about though, especially if the person told you something in confidence.
- Listen to music to get rid of writer’s block
Music can be about love, hate, happiness, anger, death, the ghetto… you name it and it’s in a song. Randomly listening to music can help too. There are multiple approaches to this point though:
- Listening to classical music or instrumentals can calm down your mind if this is racing and you can’t write correctly due to the “noise in your head”
- Listening to the lyrics of songs can also spark ideas to get rid of writer’s block
- Listening to your favorite songs from when you were little, can also activate some memories of your childhood, which in turn, can create writing topics.
- Go on social media to get rid of writer’s block
When you’re trying to focus, social media is a horrible idea. It can get you sidetracked. At the same time, if you’re looking for inspiration due to writer’s block, social media can be a big help. You could maybe see a funny video that gives you writing topics. You can read some of the many quotes your friends posted on their walls/ that they tweeted about. In my case, this works great for me. Sometimes even when I’m not in writing mode, posts in my Facebook newsfeed spark some writing topics in my head.
Choose what works for you to get rid of writer’s block
Obviously, there are many ways to get rid of writer’s block. In addition, what works for me, may not work for you. However, this is exactly what makes us creative. Life would be boring if we were all the same. So do what you have to do to get rid of your writer’s block. Just make sure to keep writing. Don’t let the writer’s block win!
I read some other creative solutions to get rid of writer’s block on another website.
Some books with solutions to writer’s block are:
- The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination
- Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance
- The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain