Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to Get Over Writer's Block

We’ve all experienced this at least once in our lives. It’s the moment when you sit down to write something and your mind draws a complete blank. Not a single idea worth writing down comes to mind and you start to panic because you realize the deadline for when it’s due is coming up. Most of the time it happens is because you’re either uninspired, unprepared, or you're just caving into the stress or pressure of getting it done quickly. That’s why I am here to help. Any time you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, refer back to this blog for ideas on how to get over the infamous “writer’s block.”

Top 3 Ideas to Getting over Writer’s Block

1. Move your body. Sitting in front of your computer screen for hours like a zombie is not going to help you whatsoever. You need to step away from the computer altogether and get your blood pumping. Go for a walk or jog around the block. The key is to get your heart pumping, body moving, and then head back to your work space motivated and ready to work.

2. Overcome a fear. If you can get over one of your fears, you can get over writer’s block. Think about what scares you. I mean really scares you. Maybe it’s sky diving, or asking your crush out on a date. Whatever it is, just do it. That mind-boggling rush you get from overcoming that fear is exactly what you need to get your creativity back and ideas flowing into your brain much faster.

3. Change your routine. Whatever your daily routine is, change it! If you’re constantly doing the same thing every day, than your brain is not being very active because it knows what to expect all the time. Start by reading books or magazines that you don’t normally read. Or change the route you normally take to work. Or maybe eat food that you have never tried before. I tried Thai food the other day for the first time, and I never thought I would like it but I do! Surprise yourself, and the ideas will come.

I hope these ideas were helpful! I’d love to hear your feedback on any ideas that have worked for you or didn’t work for you.

-Elizabeth Bassmaji

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