You sit down at your desk, or wherever you like to write, after a long weekend and finally have the time to write your book, but suddenly you’ve come down with a nasty case of writer’s block.
Never the less, you open your computer or get out your notepad and pen, finding the page where you left off but nothing seems to come out. You’re just staring at it.
We’ve all been there, but by following these tips you’ll be able to get those creative juices flowing again!
Get some fresh air
There’s no point just staring at your page. Maybe you’ve been cooped up in the house too long and need a little fresh air to help spring on some new ideas. You could run a few errands or walk your dog, you never know, something outside might inspire you to write something.
Read a book
What better way to stimulate your brain cells than to read your favourite book and put yourself in the mind of your readers. It could be good to appreciate somebody else’s work and may even open your eyes to a different writing style.
Did you know that one of the most common reasons for writer‘s block is exhaustion? It could be that your brain just needs a break. Take a nap or a bath and relax.
Set yourself a word count goal
One thing that I like to do is set myself a word count or page goal. I’ll say to myself, ‘Right, Melissa. Today I will write at least 3 more pages’. And it will work. It’s as if my mind becomes extra focussed and I‘ve got a goal to keep me motivated all day.
Find a quiet room with a view
No distractions! (Yes I said that in Edna’s voice from ‘The Incredibles’ movie where she blurts ‘No capes!’) You do not need any distractions when you’re trying to focus on writing pure art. Turn off the TV and put your phone away. It’ll help you in the long run.
Write about anything
This may be easier said than done but I really mean it. Put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write about the first thing that pops into your head. You could write about your day from start to finish but the point of this exercise is to keep writing. It’ll keep you in ‘work’ mode.
Don’t edit while you write
This one is a must-do. If you have to keep stopping after every paragraph or chapter and go back to the start to edit what you’ve written, you’ll never be able to write in a creative flair. My advice is to get the ideas all on paper first, and then go back and edit after the work is complete.