You’re gazing at your laptop screen, ready to pull your hair out. You write a couple of words – almost completing a sentence– only to hit the backspace over and over and again and again. You had an unbelievable idea while having your breakfast, but now it has left your brain without adding itself to your memory. You may just be able to write if you could get the title right. You’re in the middle of an ocean, simply unsure where to go. You’re dull; that is, you share the same excitement as a rock.
You’re trying to hunt for that perfect word, but it’s hidden behind your mouth. You would write, but that construction noise from outside the house won’t let you focus. You think the chair, the lights, or even the room itself isn’t favorable to writing. You have just sat down to write your new piece, but you end up scrolling your Instagram reels instead.
The loss of concentration, the damaging disconnect from your thoughts and the blank & lost feeling is an apparent symptom of the Writer’s Block.
Don’t worry; this is a common problem. Almost every writer has fought this problem and has come out more productive on the other side. The following are simple ways to overcome writer’s block.
- Go Random: Sometimes, our brain tends to escape a few specific topics, thereby attracting Writer’s Block. However, you can trick your brain by going random. Sit back and write about anything that comes to your mind – the girl next door, or you can even write (crib on a paper) about that one vegetable you hate the most. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or topic. Writing works best when we unconsciously carry it forward. When you move your legs, you set a purpose – you don’t fire each muscle in a precise sequence. Likewise, when you are writing something, you don’t consciously pick each word – you set a purpose, and the words automatically pour out. Going random gets your mind to think more and be creative. This works best for many individuals, including me. Once you’ve thought of a few sentences or a paragraph about your topic, go back to what you were writing before and see the sudden shift in your flow.
- Focus: These days, distractions are endless. So, when you sit and start writing, put your phone on silent, or better turn it off. Close your shutters if any distracting noises come in from outside the room, and take your laptop to a silent area. Social media is a terrible distraction and an underrated addiction, especially for writers. So, keep an eye on your screen time, and work on reducing it. Once you reduce your distractions and screen time, you essentially start reconnecting with your mind & and your thoughts. Once you reconnect with your thoughts, your words reconnect with your mind, and writing makes a grand return in your life.
- Nostalgia: Write down how you came up with your previous stories and articles and live in nostalgia until you discover your creativity again. Sometimes, we need to reflect on our journeys and attract those emotions from the past that presented us with our experiences.
- Time: Let’s say, in your early glory days, you enjoyed writing at around 11 am, two hours before your lunchtime. However, now that you’ve other vital things to do around that time, you cannot dedicate your time to writing. Please don’t be paranoid. Push your writing time to 11 pm, and see the difference. Find the time when you have the highest levels of willpower and are less likely to get distracted.
- Prompts: The best way, in my opinion, to come out of writer’s block is by using prompts. Use any sentence or word to help you come up with a plot and commence your writing journey again. Start your paragraph with your prompt. Run around the bush, keep your mind open, and your judgments close while performing this step. Write a concluding statement. Please keep it simple, and your story/article through a random prompt will materialize. Additionally, use the atmosphere, nature, and scenes surrounding you to build up your plot/story.
If you are out of form in cricket, you work on your placement, timing, and Grip. Similarly, when you have writer’s block, you should find your placement, focus, and timing to get everything in proper order. Remember, just like cricket, in writing, form is temporary, and class is permanent.