How to Cope With Writer’s Block

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There are times when millions of ideas flow through your mind, and then there are times when you can not think of one idea. Unfortunately, if you write casually or for a living, you will experience writer’s block. It is just a natural occurrence for all writers.

There are a few ways to tell if you are going to suffer from writer’s block in the near future. Here are some symptoms that lead to writer’s block:

.Feeling burned out from writing
.Repeating words or phrases frequently
.Not writing as much as you usually do
.Writing speed is decreasing
.Feeling stressed out from personal issues or professional complications

With those being the pre-symptoms, here are the actual symptoms of writer’s block:

.Staring at a blank screen or paper for too long
.Struggling to begin your writing
.Frustration
.Poor grammar
.Headaches
.Complete loss of any enthusiasm

Luckily, there are ways to prevent and cure writer’s block. If you have even just one of these symptoms, these tips can help you get over your writer’s block.

Take a break from writing

Just like any career, you need to take a small vacation to renew your mind. Studies even show that people who take vacations are more efficient when they return to work. Therefore, many people believe that taking a vacation will help your productivity rather than working through your vacation.

You don’t have to take a long break from writing — just long enough to clear your mind and do something for yourself. Go out eating with your significant other; go see a movie that is playing in theaters. Any activity away from the house will help you relieve stress, which is a common cause of writer’s block.

Just start writing

Most people who write to make a living do it by having titles given to them. Even if the title does not appeal to you, it is important to push through your lack of motivation and just start writing. If you can not think of what you will write about, just write a few sentences to get you going. Often times, writers can inspire themselves by writing a few words; it is like a snowball effect.

Keep your eyes open

This tip is for writers who choose their own topics. If you are lacking inspiration, keep your eyes and ears open for inspiration. Sometimes inspiration comes from unlikely places.

For example, I was suffering from writer’s block a while back, but I knew I had to inspire myself to sit down and write something interesting. I already finished a string of exercise articles for a client, so I did not want to write anything that dealt with fitness, dieting or anything else that was related to that subject. Looking for inspiration, I took a drive through my local town. To my surprise, I saw things on the side of the road that inspired article topics like gardening, landscaping and marketing businesses — traditional marketing methods. I also heard things on the radio that inspired some topics.

Read some books

One of the best ways to come up with ideas is to read other authors’ books. You may find ideas for topics after reading just a few lines from another book.

Conclusion

Utilize these tips to help you prevent writer’s block from happening to you. By always looking for inspiration, you will seldom lose ideas for new topics.

Sean Gray is a writer, and provides you tips from his personal experience. He personally blogs for money for cars in San Diego. A company that helps individuals sell there vehicles for cash.

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1 Comment on "How to Cope With Writer’s Block"

  1. You can also read different comments on different social sites. You may get a spark of creativity from that.

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    Cherie Reply:

    Great idea, Marcie. I agree.

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