We’ve all been there. The blinking cursor on the computer screen. The blank pages of notebooks. The seeming inability to start. Here are our top ways to get rid of writer’s block for good.
1. Start writing anything. Get the pen moving. Action leads to action, inaction stays at rest. It might be the most horrible paragraph you’ve ever written. Fine, no one has to see it. You can edit later. The point is that it’s on the page.
2. Define your audience. You’re not going to have effective prose unless you have an audience in mind. This will help you narrow your subject and use defined diction.
3. Talk it out. Whoever said you have to wait until your writing is perfect before showing it to anyone was full of bologna. Seek out a trusted friend, colleague, or family member and have fun writing together! It’s guaranteed to break through those mental blocks.
4. Dance, get up, shake it out. Make your breaks about movement after you’ve been sitting so long.
5. Change perspectives. If you’re writing fiction, write from another character’s point of view. If you’re writing nonfiction, write as if you were speaking to young child. How does that change your style and composition? Does it increase clarity?
Use these tips today and tell us how they worked for you! Shut out writer’s block and get writing.