Let’s continue on our writer’s block journey that we started last week. Here are the last 4 tips of getting over writer’s block.
4. Take a Break.
“The next line of dialogue that you desperately need may well be waiting in the back of the refrigerator or half a mile along your favorite walk.” If you’ve been writing steadily for a long time, or have just finished a project, give yourself time to gather new experiences and new ideas, from life, reading, or anything away from your desk, before you start again.
You might find a writing partner and agree to hold each other to deadlines in an encouraging, non-critical way. Knowing that someone else is expecting results helps many writers produce material. Plus, sometimes we have to admit that writing comes more freely when it’s urgent, because it actually obligates you to sit down and write something, anything.
6. Confront yourself
What may be keeping you from writing? Write about your anxieties regarding writing or creativity. Keep a journal. Talk to a friend, preferably one who writes.
7. Remember why you started to write in the first place.
Once you start thinking of writing in terms of a career, it’s easy to forget the fun of it. Look at what you’re writing and why. “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” (Barbara Kingsolver)
The writing that feels most like play will end up delighting you the most, and this is the writing your readers will instinctively connect with. If you can continue to touch base with the joy you first felt in writing, it will sustain you.
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
~ Richard Bach
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