What is a writer block and how to address it?

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Writers block is a temporary state of not having the ability to put words to paper. This can last a while depending on the individual. The unfolding frustrations of not being able to produce any satisfactory content to move forward creatively is a common feeling shared amongst writers. However there are many suggestions/tools that can be recommended to overcome those moments of feeling stuck.

Firstly, we should understand the four main causes of writers block:

• The fear of being compared/judged by other writers
• Harsh self-criticism
• Lack of motivation to want praise for outsiders
• Lack of motivation to self-promote an idea

Experienced any of the above? Then follow these next simple, yet effective, tools to help address writers block and say goodbye to those moments of discontent.

 

1. Set realistic goals and develop a writing routine.

It’s so important to set sub tasks. For example, set aside some time during the day/night when you feel at your best and focus on a chapter or piece of academic writing. Set a deadline and begin to brainstorm the details on each individual paragraphs. One of the key areas here is to focus on quality not quantity. Rather than just writing the content, think about clarifying the details.

So going back to our chosen time to write, in the beginning, make this a regular writing pattern. These techniques would probably apply more to academic writers.

The idea here is to block out your surroundings, switch off any devices and ignore any other writers out there. This might sound counterintuitive at first but if you are constantly listening to or reading other people’s work, the anxiety will build up of not being good enough. Truth be told, if you’re only writing at times when you feel like it then you’re more or less likely to get stuck multiple times rather than creating a flow.

2. Social and free writing.

In contrast to the above suggestion this idea encourages the writer to go out with other existing writers and have a good time just writing about anything and everything to get those creative juices flowing. Stop worrying about grammar and just write! Usually we’re thinking more about the style and choice of words, as we don’t want to come off the wrong way or write a perspective the reader may not comprehend. Free writing is just to get the research down and to give you enough time to correct it after. Overall, write for yourself and not for others here!

3. Switch up your writing platform!

Constantly typing on Microsoft word? Why not learn another platform, such as Google docs. If not, switch to good old fashion pen and paper – no need to think about the tech errors or worry about your device crashing. However if you are more on to the tech side of things why not try a more specialised software to aid writing such as Ulysses. This software helps sync your ideas from one device to the other so you can never forget your great ideas. Switching scenery isn’t your only option switch up your tech too!

 

4. Pour your mind out and organise it.

If you feel like you’re all over the place with your thoughts why not take a more structured approach and create an outline. Try to bullet point areas and organise your chapters/sections that way you won’t be repeating yourself and can get the research underway for the parts that lack, if any. It doesn’t always have to be a blank sheet with tables and bullet points, brainstorming and mind mapping using different colours can be just as effective to get the flow going. There are many free apps out there that can help you move your ideas around too and clearly define the purpose of your writing.

 

5. Do not over think

Last but not least, do not continue to beat yourself up because you can’t bring your writing together in that moment. Take a breather and go do something else like: take a walk, shower, call a friend/family member, Netflix and much more. Then come back to your project with a clearer head.

Do not doubt your abilities to complete your writing, it happens to most of us and it’s not impossible to overcome writers block with a couple of these suggestions put into practice. So find what works for you and happy writing!

 

 


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