It’s a writers worst nightmare – an empty screen.
It sits there and it stares at you, with it’s consistent taunt of a blinking cursor. You start sentence after sentence and delete every attempt you make at an idea.
Writers block is the bane of my existence. With trying to think up new topics to write on every week, writers block has become a constant and vaguely annoying companion.
But I have good news! I know how to beat it!
- Try taking a breakThis may seem really obvious, but often writers block stems from just being tired. Take a five minute break; have a drink and watch some TV and who knows, you might be struck with your next great idea!
- Try starting from the middle of your story
The idea of starting a story can sometimes be daunting, not to mention there is often a lot of building at the beginning of a story. Sometimes writers block can stem from a lack of motivation and the easiest way to tackle this is to start in the middle of your plot (providing you’ve already planned it out). It will flow out of you a lot quicker, as you’ll already be in the middle of the action.
If you’re struggling to find any ideas to type, try a different way of coming up with them. A classic mind map may help, because ideas tend to sprout from others.
- 5 minute writing warm-ups
Try googling and doing some five minute writing warm-ups. Because you’re given a prompt, the ideas will come more easily and you’ll be in a better headspace to start. You wouldn’t start a sport without warming up and writing should be the same. Who knows, one of the prompts might turn into your next great story!
- Just plow through itJust write. Ignore how bad it is, ignore the fact that you’re not really sure what you’re writing. Just write and write and write. Let the words stack up. They’re like a bulk-buy item and the more you write the cheaper they get, the easier it is to cut them out. Just write and don’t delete anything until you have a proper start, a proper chunk, a proper story. Just write.
In the end, there’s not much else I can tell you. There’s no magic cure for writers block and only you can fix it. Unfortunately, I can’t come and help you. All I can do is tell you to get out of your head and just write as if your life depends on it.
So stop procrastinating and just go!
(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)