Writer’s block is probably one of the most agonizing feelings that a writer can experience.
Oh, draft! I’m stuck.
Sometimes, it feels as though words are nowhere to be found. What you write sounds empty and meaningless even if the content is good.
The issue of writer’s block is an annoying one. It can prevent you from doing the work that needs to be done in order for your business to grow, or worse, it can keep you away from writing altogether, costing you precious income and time.
Writer’s block may come from a lack of inspiration, procrastination, or the inability to easily find what you need. It's an authors' mortal enemy. It stops the creative flow and overall hinders the writing operation. The question now is, how to deal with it?
Table of contents
- 1. Take a break from your current project.
- 2. Outline the big picture to get an overview of your goals and content
- 3. Try and figure out what's holding you back
- 4. Have a short-term goal and force yourself to meet it
- 5. Create some accountability for your work
- Sit yourself down with someone else who can help keep you accountable for what you want to get done, or simply set a timer for yourself.
- Just remember not to lose sight of what you originally intended.
- Writer’s block is something that every writer experiences at one time or another in their writing journey, especially those who write fiction.
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Here are 5 surefire ways to deal with getting your writing project back on track.
1. Take a break from your current project.
It is important for writers to know when it is time to stop what they are doing and step away. Stop writing.
There may be a point where you feel so frustrated, that there is some sort of creative block that stops your ideas from flowing, and writing is making the situation worse.
Writer’s block often comes from frustration or a feeling of being stuck, because what you are working on isn’t what you what it to be. Instead of getting more frustrated by trying to work through what you’re writing, take a break.
Walk away from what you are working on for a while and come back refreshed.
You may even want to consider taking a nap, or going out for a walk or run, anything that can wrench you away from your workspace.
When your mind is clear (and not clouded by what is sitting on your computer screen), you will be able to look at what you’re trying to write from a different perspective. Once you get to that point, it can easily get the creative juices flowing.
When you are having writer's block, take a break! You'll be able to see what is missing more easily if the project isn't on your mind all day. Trust me- by taking regular breaks in between writing sessions, it will help with tackling the task at hand and getting things done in an efficient manner.
2. Outline the big picture to get an overview of your goals and content
Outlining can help clear up your plan for what you are writing.
An outline will be immensely helpful when you have writer's block. It keeps you focused on your current project and won't let you stray far away from the main point.
It's a tool that essentially acts as a guiding light for you as you create your book. It can also help you get a clearer view of what needs to be done.
Outlining may not always be necessary, however, in the case of writer's block, it can really give you what you need to get back on track.
A big blurry mess may be a good description of the goals in your writing, what you're really trying to say might not come across clearly.
An outline of your big picture can keep you on track and knowing what needs to be done. It helps prevent the chance getting lost along the way, or worse, writing something that will not make it into an end product.
Outlining is a great tool for writer's block, as well as for anything you are writing.
If there is no clear plan, then you may get lost in what you are working on. An outline of your goals can help keep the real point at the forefront so that it doesn't disappear altogether.
The clearer your goals become the more likely you will stay on track with what you need to do. By taking some time to outline what is needed for your writing project, you can then proceed to what works best for you.
3. Try and figure out what's holding you back
Are you feeling well? Did you perhaps write something you didn't like, or maybe you made a contradicting statement? What exactly is the problem in this situation? Take a breather and think about it.
What is holding you back? This is the time to figure it out and solve it.
Sometimes what we are writing isn't what we think it is or what we want it to be at all. It might be a combination of that, something else entirely, or even an idea that sounds good, but doesn’t go along with what is already established.
When you are writing, make sure that what you’re putting down on paper is actually what you want. Perhaps a sentence or two won't hurt anything, but if it's something big, like a whole scene or chapter. No one wants to read about something they don’t care about.
Before you start writing what’s on your mind, just take a moment to think what it is exactly that you are trying to say.
If what you are thinking about what your next sentence or paragraph should be isn't what the rest of your piece is leading up to, maybe it's time for some changes.
Sometimes, you may find that something not working is your fault, but sometimes it might be what you're writing about.
It's hard to figure out if something actually has a purpose or if the thing you are trying to write about isn't relevant to the rest of the topic.
With writer's block, this can be one of the hardest things to figure out, but it will all be worth it in the end. Your piece will flow much easier and you'll feel a lot better about your writing once you've figured it out.
Maybe what sounds good is actually what needs to happen next in order to get there or where everything leads into; however if it doesn't make sense and/or feel right, reconsider going down that path.
It might work against what the piece was set out for originally and instead create an entirely new problem (aka writer's block).
4. Have a short-term goal and force yourself to meet it
A short-term goal could range from, “Complete this sentence,” to “Make three paragraphs,” to “Finish this chapter.”
Something that's attainable, something that will force you to start writing and working without pressuring yourself too much, and maybe you'll get back into the flow of your work process.
Take what you are writing about. Write a small two-page long section of what your piece is going to be.
For example, if what you are writing is fiction, write the next scene in what would be the beginning of what could possibly be an epic novel.
Maybe what you're working on isn't actually what it seems. Writers may feel frustrated when they become stuck on a piece. They might see their writing completely differently from how it started, which can make them want to start over entirely.
They change the scope of what they set out to achieve by giving up because it's no longer possible to make what they had in mind come true anymore.
This can also lead to writer’s block if what you've just written doesn't fit what you set out to make. It's important to know what your project is really about, what it means, and what you're working towards.
Accomplishing a short-term goal will help pump up your confidence in what you are writing and what you want to achieve because you will have accomplished something.
It can feel good to be able to look back and say, “Wow. I did that.”
A good outcome could be to force yourself to keep writing if you feel stuck in a creative rut.
Sometimes what writers do is try too hard because they have something in their head that isn't letting them write and it might make things worse.
Break the process down into pieces or smaller, more manageable goals.
This way, it's more fun to write and you may get your writing done faster too.
Know what you want to say and don't be afraid to change things
When you finish the first mini-goal, start another one. If it's something like writing a small section of your piece, then move on to another goal that will help you reach your long-term objective or final product.
Maybe your next short-term goal is to write some dialogue or description for your piece that has to do with the dialogue you just wrote.
When you get that done, move on to another mini-goal, and so on.
In order to avoid becoming stuck, take a break and find another approach if you get stuck. This way your ability doesn't wane with time as you slowly work yourself up through the piece or do what needs doing for it.
Don't be afraid to make changes along the way either because that's one of the most important parts of writing is being able to tweak your work.
You have to let yourself try new things or go in a different direction instead of staying stagnant in the middle of your writing. If you are new to writing, it's okay to not be good at it right away. It can take time and practice to get better.
You'll also feel the rush of adrenaline from being able to complete something, even if it's not much at all, but hey, every bit counts!
And maybe what seems like nothing now will lead to a longer-term goal later on, or just bring you closer to completing whatever that long-term goal may be.
5. Create some accountability for your work
This could be anything.
There are several ways to keep up with your writing habit. You could recruit a friend or plan out some time for yourself and set alarms on your phone. Knowing that people who care about you want to see the final product is nothing but motivating!
Sit yourself down with someone else who can help keep you accountable for what you want to get done, or simply set a timer for yourself.
For example, set a timer for 25 minutes, and see what you can get done. No need to pressure yourself, but don't let yourself slack off as well.
If what your working on is what you want it to be, great!
However, if what you have so far isn't what you wanted at all or what’s in the process of writing what's on your mind just isn't what it should be. Don't give up! There are ways around and ways through writer's block!
Just remember not to lose sight of what you originally intended.
Make sure that what you're thinking about next fits well with where everything is headed already and try to stay focused; otherwise it may lead you down a different path than what was originally set out for.
Sometimes when we write, we get stuck. Sometimes what I'm writing is just not working out and it feels like progress has been halted completely. What do you all think about that?
Why isn't it coming together or how come what I have so far isn't what I want anymore? You may be experiencing what most writers call writer's block.
Writer’s block is something that every writer experiences at one time or another in their writing journey, especially those who write fiction.
Writer's block is a frustrating and difficult obstacle to overcome. It is an issue that causes difficulty in knowing what the next character action or dialogue should be within your piece of writing, which can lead to being unable to figure out how everything fits together.
There are many reasons why this can happen, but there is help!
Writer's block is a frustrating experience that can plague many writers. It often occurs when what you're writing about or trying to get yourself motivated for the task, cause problems in your creative process.
Maybe what you're writing isn't exactly what you want. Maybe it's not where your current piece is going and that means the original plan doesn't fit anymore. This could cause writer’s block as well.
If you start writing the story in an unexpected way, it may be confusing for yourself and your audience.
Think you're writing something that is exactly how it should be? Well, maybe your work isn't what it was supposed to be. Writer's block can affect writers. They don't believe their work is as good as the standard set by themselves.
What this means is that you think what your writing something, but it turns out the thing you wrote isn't really how it should be. Only time will tell what the outcome of that particular piece may end up being.
Writer's block can happen for many reasons, one of which is that the writer might be too nervous to write about a certain topic. I had originally started out trying to write a fantasy/suspense thriller novel, but let me tell you how that went…
I tried way too hard for what I was doing which ended up making everything feel forced and awkward overall. When writing feels forced and awkward, then that's considered a “First Draft.”
Most writers write the first draft of their manuscripts on paper or typed up into a computer. Even with great editors, errors can exist in final pieces because editing isn't always perfect.
It's easy to lose interest in what you're writing or feel stuck when doing so. Writer's block can be just as bad for your work because it makes projects less interesting.
These are just some of the ways that could get rid of your pesky writer's block.
Try it out and let us know if any of our tips worked!
Your book is just waiting to be made, don’t let the entire world wait for it any longer. Overcome writer’s block and get back to writing your masterpiece.