How to Fight Writer’s Block
Spark your creativity
by Joanne Troppello
Most writers have it at one point or another in their writing careers.
If they tell you that they don’t, they’re probably lying.
Nothing is wrong with writer’s block—as long as you don’t take up residence there. It is okay to visit, but you need to move on.
I hate when I get writer’s block. It usually stays with me for a while.
The longer I don’t write, the harder it is for me to get back into the writing groove.
I’ve heard some people say that there is no such thing as writer’s block. That it’s just our own procrastination and we should stop being lazy and get past it.
Well, for some people, writer’s block is real.
Pushing passed writer’s block
Sometimes, I psyche myself out and think my writing is not good enough.
Then I hit a brick wall in my creativity and just can’t seem to pick up where I left off. It’s very easy to stay in that rut and ignore your need to write—and continually wish that one day you’ll finish your manuscript or next writing project.
It takes courage and strength to get out of that rut and take a leap of faith.
There are gifted writers out there who can put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and turn out A+ work with as little effort as possible.
However, for most writers, that is not the case. Writing a great novel or engaging articles is hard work, but if you have the desire, you need to work at it. Don’t let a fear of failure keep you stuck in the Valley of Writer’s Block and despair.
I’m actually in a good place right now.
I’m working for several different content writing companies on various copywriting projects. I am working on my next WIP and am on a roll and loving it. I’m writing 1–5 articles a day for Medium—for my publication there and various other publications on that platform, while also writing for MSS and creating content for my YouTube Channel, Sunflower Quest.
I’m trying to get as much work done as possible, while the creative juices are flowing.
One of the most important things you can do is to keep writing every day.
Even if you are not working on your WIP, you should blog every day or journal or write articles for posting online.
Keep your mind and creativity flowing all the time. Don’t get frustrated if you get writer’s block. Instead, take some simple steps to try to motivate yourself out of the rut.
Music can spark creativity
Listen to music. This usually works for me. I like to listen to instrumental music like Kenny G or other love songs when I’m working on my romance novels. Listen to whatever motivates you while you’re at your PC or laptop.
Stare at a blank screen for a while, but at least get moving and turn your computer on. Even if you only write a few words or paragraphs, try to write something every day. When your creativity sparks, take advantage of that and write and write and write during those times, so you can get a lot of work done in between the dry spells.
Journaling can inspire
Take out a pad of paper and journal or type on your computer. Just free write about whatever comes to mind.
You may surprise yourself with what happens. Maybe you’ll figure out the ending that you couldn’t decide on before or your characters will speak to you.
As fiction writers, even though non-writers may think we’re crazy, we know that our characters speak to us. Sit down with your character and let him or her tell the story through you.
Try something different
Don’t stare at the blank page or screen too long because that could discourage you.
Watch some TV or a movie. Go outside for a walk. Hang out with friends—although this could be difficult right now because of COVID-19. Take advantage of video chat apps like Duo or FaceTime to talk to friends or family to help take your mind off your writer’s block.
Do something to distract yourself for a little while, but don’t wait too long to get back to the writing process. You don’t want to get too comfortable in the Valley of Writer’s Block.
Get connected with a writer’s group, local or online. Surround yourself with other writers who are doing what they love to do: writing!
When you see the success that they are having in completing writing projects, that can spur you on to complete your own works. I love some of the great writing connections I’ve made with other writers on Medium and through the hashtag #writingcommunity on Twitter.
Don’t give up!
If writing is your dream, then make it happen.
Just remember it will take hard work and determination along with creativity and desire.
Previously published in Medium.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.