Every writer faces moments where the words they write come out all wrong. Nothing seems to flow, your brain can’t seem to think of a good way to continue the plot or how to have your characters to engage. You can write, of course, if you force yourself, but you end up only deleting everything immediately afterwards. This is what we all typically refer to as writer’s block. It’s an unavoidable part of being a writer, and knowing how to beat it effectively can help you stay on track to finishing your work in progress:
Try Something Else Creative
If one type of creative process has become difficult. Try another. You want to work the left side of your brain in new ways. Take up painting, sculpting, or any other art to get your creative juices flowing. The new challenges and the new means of expressing yourself will help you take a break from your work in progress while still exercising your creativity.
Learn Something New
Challenging your brain and learning something new is always a huge source of inspiration that can help you beat your writer’s block in no time at all. You don’t even have to try hard to do this. Read more news articles, pick up a few new non-fiction books, or you could go one step further and take a class. Learning is beneficial not only for what you learn, but for the new challenge you give your brain – understanding the material at hand.
Get Out and Have Fun
Sometimes the only reason you can’t write is because you are putting too much pressure on yourself to write. That’s why it is always a good idea to get together with friends and family and do something fun. The more unique and new the experience is, the better. You and your friends could travel somewhere, or try to solve puzzles in an Escape Room OKC challenge. The goal here is to take your mind entirely off your project and off of creating. Take this break, and you can return to your project with a fresh set of eyes.
Exercising provides so many benefits it could actually be considered a cure-all for many of life’s problems. That is because not only does exercise tone your body and help you regulate your metabolism, it also pumps oxygen through your body and releases the feel-good hormone known as an endorphin. This means that when you are suffering from a writer’s block, a workout that gets your heart pumping can really help you think more clearly. Keep these workouts up, of course, and you’ll greatly benefit in the long term as well.
There is no one right way to beat your writer’s block. Some might find writing a certain amount of words every day, good or bad, is the way to go. Some might find that taking a short break away is just what the doctor ordered. Regardless, try to give your brain new stimulus in any form, whether it be chemical or situational, and you will improve your novel, script, or short story as a result.