Overcoming writer’s block

I’ve actually had this writer’s block for quite a while. Especially last year at the University, when I had to write essays about some boring topics. That feeling when you don’t know where to start and what to tell is (almost) painfully disturbing.

This blog post is actually the first writing I did in weeks after having a huge writer’s block. Here are a few good tips that might help to overcome your’s.

1) Remove the pressure from yourself to write something good. Very often we can’t really start, because we don’t believe that anything we have to say is interesting to anyone. At least that’s how I feel. If you feel that way – get away from your computer. What we have to say is interesting to people, just not to every person. Write something good, write something bad, it doesn’t matter, just have fun putting the thoughts you have about something on paper.

2) Read & write. This tip is very “obvious” and sounds like common sense, however, this is what Stephen King (writer of “The Shining”, “The Green Mile” and many other bestsellers that were made into films). If you want to be a good writer, you have to read and write every day. Writing will make you better at putting your thoughts on paper, while reading will feed your hungry mind with ideas and information. Not rocket science, but that’s the advice from the best. I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about.

3) Change your environment. Coshedule shared this tip in the article which actually inspired me to sit down and write one more on the same topic. Change your environment, leave your desk and go to the library. Normally write on the laptop? Take a pen and paper. Usually write in silence? Go to the local coffee shop and write there.

With the current technologies, internet and all attention demanding websites it’s easy to forget who you are and just get lost in the maze of choices. Get off the internet for two days. Not possible? Well, start with 12 hours then. Work your way up.

Of course it’s difficult. Writing is difficult, but anything worth doing is difficult. Everyone had to go through the phase of being a beginner and feeling like crap at first. Or so I am told.

My writer’s block seems to be over. I hope you will finally decide to write something today as well. If you do, please share your writing in the comments.

J.

 

  • http://thejletters.com Julie

    Thanks for linking to the CoSchedule article I wrote. Great article on writer’s block. I especially like #2: read and write. There’s nothing like reading a good book or the writing of an excellent author to make a person rather excited to start writing again. I often find I use some of my favorite good books almost as if they were research books; it’s helpful to see how other writers worked their way through a particular type of problem.

    Good stuff here!

    • Justinas

      You are very welcome, Julie. Couldn’t agree more about . I often find myself flicking through pages of some books by Seth Godin. It really inspires ideas and feelings you simply can’t leave unwritten somewhere.

      Loved your article! This time it was you who inspired me to sit down and write something :)