If Little Miss Content had a pound for every time a writer had a creative block, we’d be far bigger than we are right now! The truth is, at some point it happens to every writer. For creative workers, it’s inevitable.
The question is how do we deal with writer’s block when we have a deadline to meet? How do we get those creative juices flowing again?
Much like anything in life, what works for some may not work for others. However, if you’re desperate to tackle the problem below are a few solutions that have helped us in the past.
Take a walk
Walking is a great way to get away from distractions and let the mind wonder free. Walk at whatever pace suits you, and explore whatever interests you at the time. Try to un-focus your mind rather than focus it.
Change your environment
An inspiring environment is in the eye of the beholder, so maybe sitting down to write will be easier if you find an environment you like. If you’re an office worker, maybe use this place as somewhere to brainstorm.
Eliminate all distractions
All writers are different. Some benefit from using lots of resources all at once, playing music or working as a team and others benefit from a quite room, calm environment and no distractions. If you’re finding it difficult to ‘get in the zone’ maybe it’s worth checking that you’re not simply being distracted.
Listen to classical music
Like we mentioned above, listening to music doesn’t always act as a distraction. For some people, listening to classical or jazz music helps them to concentrate and inspires them to write. Anything is worth a try, right?
If you’re struggling to write, the best thing you can possibly do is read. Reading other pieces of work can be extremely helpful in terms of thinking up ideas, getting those creative juices flowing and preparing to write. Make notes on topics that interest you, ideas you don’t like, ideas you do like, styles of writing to consider and anything else that grabs your attention. Refer to these notes when you begin writing and things will soon take order.
Meaningful words take time to craft, so remember to take off the pressure, give yourself the time you need and take the steps you can to achieve your best work. Good luck!
image credit with thanks to Ben K Adams