We’ve all been there. Ironically enough, I’ve been here for an hour trying to write this post. It’s a disease: there’s no vaccine and definitely no single cure for writer’s block. But there are ways to beat it. Your brain is a magnificent, powerful machine, and nothing can stop it, not even a temporary hiccup. Here are our quick tips to break through writer’s block, so you can get back to what matters most: your content.
Do a free write
You’ll probably recognize this if you’ve taken a writing class, but the advice is helpful whether or not you’ve done it before. If you’re struggling to come up with sensory details, an engaging argument, or a way forward in the story, you can try a free write. Sit down for an allotted amount of time, be it five, ten or thirty minutes, and just write whatever comes into your mind. Your keys should not stop clacking or your pencil should not stop moving. Allow it to be weird, bad, and wrong. After all, no one will read this but you. By the time you finish, you’ll have a lot of raw material to choose from.
Don’t write, edit
Editing can be so much easier than writing. If we look at something with the idea of improving it, we won’t be hampered by self-criticism. That’s why we encourage you to write the barest possible structure for your piece, and then edit it a million times over until you’re happy with it. It doesn’t matter how rough and ugly the original draft is–– the only way to go is up.
It’s much easier to tone something down that’s too out-there than it is to make something more original. Let your mind take you to the weirdest places, and then tweak it to make it appropriate for your brand and voice. It’s always more engaging to read something completely new and strange than something hackneyed.
Take a break
Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do. Give the other tips an honest try before falling back to this. Sometimes, however, it’s just best to take your mind off of the task at hand and take a deep breath. Sleep on it if you need to. Giving your brain the time to process everything and refresh itself will help you work more focused and creatively.
Let us know if these tips work for you! Reach out to us on social @issuu with any other questions or topics you’d like some help with. We’re always here to lend a helping hand.