“Uh, hi professor, I can’t hand in my essay tomorrow, I have writer’s block-itus.”
But, unfortunately, that is not how things work in school. And it’s not how writing a novel or a poem or a short story works either. So, as we begin week three of NaNoWriMo, here are five things you can try to get rid of your writer’s block!
1) Take a Walk. Whether it’s outside or on a treadmill, exercise helps to get your heart beating and your blood pumping. This helps you to de-stress which means when you sit back down to writer you’ll be much more relaxed and able to focus better.
2) Music. For some writers, any noise can be very distracting and they prefer to work in total silence. However, when writer’s block strikes, music can be your best friend. No matter what you’re writer, it’s pretty much a guarantee that there will be some type of music out there to help inspire you.
3) Write Random Scenes. When I say random, I don’t mean scenes that have nothing to do with your story, but rather scenes that you find easier to write. Work on the things that you already have a plan for, or work on that scene that you just thought of, but know it’s going to be brilliant. Work on what you can in the moment and come back to the harder things after.
4) Take a Break. You’ve been writing for ages! Go outside, see a movie, get a coffee, do some laundry, do something! Just take a break. Taking a step back will help you to get some separation from your story. Not only will you be able to get something else done that you may have been putting off, but you’ll have a fresh perspective when you sit back down to write.
5) Have Someone Read it Over. Have someone read what you have so far and then tell you what they think. This will give you a new perspective that you may not have thought of before and will probably give you TONS of new ideas!
So take a step back, have a coffee or have a nap, let someone else read it, go for a walk, listen to some music, or find something totally different that works for you! Writer’s block won’t plague you forever, you just need to find something that works for you to get rid of it.
How do you get rid of writer’s block?