Writer’s block is “the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.”
This actually means that you are either having difficulty to start or that you’re stuck somewhere in the middle and are having a hard time to go on.
Side note: If you’re preparing for the upcoming NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or are still unsure if participating, you might find this post especially useful.
When you prepare beforehand, you subconsciously help your mind to get into the right mood. It’s unlikely that you will sit down and start writing if you haven’t even thought about the topic or matter. So, plan ahead.
Start and write anything that comes to your mind. It could be about the things you are surrounded by or why you don’t have an idea, why you don’t like the topic or why everything you’re writing is stupid. Just performing the pure act of writing will make it easier to later switch to the actual topic you want to write about.
Start by asking questions. You can use the old 5 W’s rule. If you know the questions, it will be much more easier to write the answers.
Work your way around.
Sometimes you know certain aspects that you definitely wanna address or include in your writing piece. Once you’ve pointed out a few key points, you can start by laying out those things in more detail and later on fill the gaps of the missing parts.
Treat your audience like a friend.
Take away the pressure and think like you are writing to somebody you like or a close friend.
If you’re stuck, it’s likely that what you have written before got you in this situation. Try to revisit what you have so far and work on the last part of your writing.
Change your environment and go do something else; come back to it later and re-approach the topic.
It can be a great way of getting an overview of where you are right now, what else could be included or from which other angles you could approach the topic. You can do this alone or getting a friend’s perspective on it.
If writing is hard you can try to dictate and record your thoughts. Speaking is a way of letting your thoughts flow instead of being stuck on the right phrasing or searching for the right words.
Make it a routine.
Writing is like exercising, so try to make it a habit and schedule a time in order to practice.
These are just a few things you can do and I’m sure everybody has a different way to overcome writer’s block.
If you do have other tips that you’ve tried out or that work for you, please share them with us: hello (at) noisli (dot) com
– Your Noisli Team