“How do I overcome writer’s block?” is not an easy question to answer because each experience is different and a solution that works one time may not work the next. Knowing different solutions that work for you is important in overcoming it, but it’s equally as important to know how NOT to overcome it. It took me a good few years to realise that I had been trying to get over writer’s block completely wrong. Although it makes sense at the time to procrastinate and wait until the inspiration to write comes to you, it’s not effective and there are much better ways to overcome it.
GO FOR A WALK
Going for a walk is an effective way to get those creative juices flowing. It gives you a chance to brainstorm ideas, so when you’re back in your room you’re full of ideas to start writing.
LISTEN TO MUSIC
Listening to music can help you focus and improve your productivity. Which music works varies with each person, you’re going to have to find what music works for you. If you find music too distracting, you should try finding some without lyrics or choose from the variety of “ambient sounds” playlist you can find on Spotify (which is what I do!)
DON’T START AT THE BEGINNING
When I first started University, writing introductions scared me because I always found it hard to find the right words to start off my essay. This would lead to me sitting there staring blankly at the page for hours because I had no idea what to write, even though I knew what I would write in the essay itself. If you know what you want to write about but you’re having trouble starting it off, just start from the middle, or wherever you feel most confident with. You can always come back and write the rest afterwards and it will be less scary because you have already made a start.
TAKE A SHOWER
As strange as this suggestion might sound, I get most of my best ideas when I’m in the shower. Doing mindless tasks like showering or cleaning lets your conscious wander freely. This helps you think creatively and gather new ideas; ideas that you might not have thought of otherwise.
I know it’s an obvious solution and most likely not the answer you wanted, but the best way to overcome writer’s block is to face it head on and write. What you write doesn’t matter as long as you write. Most first drafts suck so whatever you write can be tweaked afterwards, but getting over that first hurdle and actually starting to write will make it easier to finish.