There is no such thing as writer’s block. Anyone who says they have it is just in denial. Writer’s block is more of an excuse for poor writing. You may feel that anything you write is bad, poorly written, doesn’t make any sense, or just doesn’t sound right. Because of this you say that you have writer’s block, when in reality you’ve just run out of ideas. Every writer goes through this sometimes, but there are ways to overcome it. Try some of these writing exercises to get rid of your “writer’s block” and to generate new story ideas.
Turn off your computer screen. This may seem a bit strange at first, but it can really help your writing when you can’t actually see it. This prevents you from focusing on spelling and grammar or even poor sentence structure. If you have a laptop, just cover the screen with a piece of cloth and start typing. The sensation of typing and not seeing what you type is a bit strange at first, but it’s a great way to step back from your writing and just get something on the page.
Make a list of titles. Write down any interesting sounding phrases or words that would make a good story title. You never know, one of those phrases may spark an idea for an entire novel, a short story, or even a single scene.
Write down what you hear. Listen to conversations and the way people talk, as that’s the best way to write believable dialogue. And no, don’t eavesdrop on your friends and family, but just take note of the way people interact. People don’t usually speak very formally, so writing dialogue like that of natural speech creates more believable characters. There’s more to talking than just words though, so pay attention to the way people interact. What do they do with their hands or bodies? Do they make eye contact when they speak or do they look away? Little things like this can make a difference in writing, as a reader also wants to know what a character is doing, not just what they are saying.
Read your work out loud. Listening to your story out loud will allow you to catch things you didn’t notice before. It’s better if someone else reads it for you because as the writer you will miss mistakes you’ve made, as well as the occasional awkward sentence or two. If you’d rather not have someone read your work, then use a computer reading software to read it back to you. This is a great tool because it doesn’t miss a single word, catching both spelling and grammar errors.
Start writing in the middle. There’s no rule that says you must start writing from the first chapter or beginning of the story. If you have a particular scene in mind, write that first, especially if it’s a scene you’re excited about. There’s no sense in waiting for that scene to come up later. Writing out of order will allow you to get more of your story completed, and you can always fill in the gaps as you go along. Writing this way may also help keep your story in order as you will know the sequence of events ahead of time.
The next time you find yourself frustrated with your writing, take a step back and try some of these exercises. Changing up your routine is always a good way to generate new ideas and prevent yourself from getting bored with writing. And remember, you don’t have “writer’s block,” and even if you think you do, it’s only temporary.