Fighting Writer’s Block

At times, writers are struck with that age old dampener: the writer’s block! It feels almost as if you have hit a dead end running! The thoughts don’t flow, the words don’t come out as effortlessly as they used to. In short, you are irritable and frustrated.

The fascinating thing about writing, like many other walks of life, is that what works for one author need not work for another. Some are morning people. To be at their best they need to be up and about early . A famous management consultant and writer once told me that he gets more done between 4.30 a.m to 7.30 a.m. than he does in the rest of the day.

Others may prefer working late at night. For these owls, the quiet of the night is the time they pound out the words while the world is seemingly asleep.

I came across this interesting article in Reedsy Blog: ” How To Overcome Writer’s Block (20 Tips That Work)” . Go through this and see what might work for you. Look for the root of the problem. What is holding you back? As I mentioned at the start, each of us is different from the other. You need to experiment with different options until you are back to your best writing form!

A big challenge is to work with the zillion distractions that hit you when you work on your laptop. I am sure all of us have experienced this. Some of us fall prey more easily than others. In this context, do read this informative article, ” Creativity vs Distraction:  13 Tips For Writers In The Age Of The Internet” by K. M. Weiland. She is an author I respect and I am sure you will find this article of interest. To share my experience: I try to block off  time for browsing. This enables you to wander the internet without losing focus on work at hand. I also prefer to work with minimum tabs open on my Mac, so that I don’t get dragged away from what I am working on.

At the end of the day, writing is a matter of habit. It is a skill that needs to be worked on. The more you write, the better you will get at writing. It’s as simple as that!

So, would you mind getting off reading articles like this on the net and getting back to work?



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