It happens to every writer sometime or the other! Writer’s block can cause much anxiety, heart burn and sleepless nights! Yet, all the time spent fretting and fuming about how to overcome writer’s block, is really a waste considering the fact that there are some very simple and time tested ways to beat it! Listed here are ten super effective tips on how to overcome writer’s block:
1. Just Write Anyway…
“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him,” Eleanor Roosevelt had said. Likewise facing your fear of writing head on is one of the best ways to overcome writer’s block. If you are still wondering how this can be done, just put pen to paper or type away on your laptop and you will see. Write anything and everything that comes to your mind, related or unrelated to the topic you are writing on. Just persist and don’t stop. Give yourself some time and soon enough you will have some rather useful writing in front of you.
If you are feeling completely drained out with writer’s block, overcome it by reading something. It could be the newspaper, a storybook, a magazine or an eBook or even a comic lying around. Just pick it up and see how your brain jogs! To quote Dr. Zeus, “The more you read the more things you will know. The more you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go!”
3. Watch Television
Writer’s block is a frustrating phase to go through and it’s sure to give anyone a headache! No worries, just switch your TV on and watch how you overcome it! Whether it’s your favorite serial, a movie, music album or just an interesting news program, the audio visual stimulation television provides is invaluable at a time like this. It’s called the idiot box for a reason, but you can surely turn it into a treasure trove of ideas.
4. Listen to Music
Research has shown how music and language use the same areas of memory and unconsciously help us learn the rules of what sounds good in both. Listening to Mozart’s music is known to make one smarter. An effective way to overcome writer’s block therefore, may just be, to plug in your earphones and listen to some great music!
5. Go for a Walk
Another quick way to overcome writer’s block is to go out for a walk or to exercise. Neurobiologist Dr. Douglas Fields explains in the Huffington Post, how “it is now well-established that strenuous physical exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons in part of the brain that is critical for memory, the hippocampus.”
6. Get Hydrated
Water helps us stay calm and allows us to think more rationally. Sometimes, not just drinking it but even splashing it on your eyes and face can refresh you enough to overcome writer’s block. Researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine have demonstrated how ‘cold showers can provide the “thermal exercise” that stimulates the brain…’
7. Sleep and Dream
Sleep is necessary to overcome tension and writer’s block. It not only relaxes but rejuvenates us as well. Sleep is also the channel to dreams and sometimes our dreams open us up to unique and unimaginable ideas and premises. Peculiar as it sounds, ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was based on a dream that the author Robert Louis Stevenson had.
8. Do Something Creative
Doing anything creative…from sketching, painting, writing poetry, gardening, cooking to just some craft work, can help you overcome writer’s block. Creating something new makes us feel good about ourselves and helps us build confidence in our abilities, thereby unleashing our creativity in writing as well.
9. Talk To Someone
Just chatting up someone might help us get over our writers block. Studies show, how ideas come in varied ways and sometimes just an ordinary conversation can help us sort out our thoughts better and open us up to new concepts.
10. Go on a Holiday
For those who have tried everything else and yet don’t know how to overcome writer’s block, just take a break. Head for someplace quiet and relaxing that rejuvenates you. Unconsciously your mind will relax and work more creatively over time.
This article was written by the Meredith Lewis, who trains writers on creativity and also conducts workshops on how to overcome writer’s block.