Fighting Writer’s Block

I don’t know if I wrote a post like this in the past, but if I have then I’m about to write another. Writer’s block is something many writers struggle with. There are just some days when the writing doesn’t flow as well as we want it to. I’ve found a few simple tricks that can help with it and I’ll share them with you all (because I’m nice like that).

Rewards: yep, I’m talking about delicious junk food—chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookies. Set a goal and then whenever you reach the goal, reward yourself with a piece of chocolatey goodness (or whatever you fancy). Just don’t set the goal at ten words. That’s not helpful. Be realistic. Have a 500-2000 word goal. It’s quite motivational.

Setting a time: pretty basic. Choose a time when you usually write best and stick to it. Set alarms, reminders, whatever. Just sit down (or stand, whichever you prefer) and write at that time. Choose another time to stop writing. Keep note of how much you write during that timeframe and see if you improve over the course of a few weeks.

Write every day: even if you don’t feel like it, write something. It doesn’t have to be your WIP story; it could be a grocery list or some things you need to remember that week. Just write every day and soon you’ll be back to cranking out chapters.

Bring a notepad wherever you go: sometimes the urge to write strikes at the most random times. You should always have a notebook or some other writing device, such as your phone, on hand when these urges occur. Isn’t writing such a strange disease?

Talking to other writers: it feels lonely sometimes when you have no one expressing feedback on your work, and you feel doubt arise when you think about everything you’ve written. Talking to people who write in the same genres as you do can be extremely helpful. You can bounce ideas and tips back and forth and receive the constructive criticism you were yearning for. Sometimes even someone who reads your work for the sake of reading good fiction and having them call you up to express their fondness for the story really motivates you to push forward.

The great outdoors: that’s right. Go outside. It’s good for you. Take a walk, enjoy the sunshine (or clouds depending on where you live) and sit down somewhere quiet to write. Or walk to a coffee house to write. Or a park. Or wherever you want. But the outdoors is an amazing boost to continue your writing.

Well, these are my tips for now. If I think of anything else that works, I’ll be sure to add it to the list.

Happy reading,

Sandra

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