If you are any kind of a writer be it freelance article writer, author of novels, poet or any other type of author you will experience writers block. Sometimes the result of writers block is simply an article or poem that will never get finished. On the other hand writers block can have dire consequences. Writers block can cause a writer to lose confidence and stop writing altogether. Perhaps a time of writers block in the middle of a novel will extend deadlines and cost the writer large amounts of money.
Writers block can have many causes some of them are: stress, strict deadlines, too many writing projects at one time, a lack of focus, and too many more reasons to list. If an author or poet has a traumatic experience in their life it may cause a writers block. For example: if someone close to you dies you may not feel up to writing because you miss them. Normally the grieving period is naturally observed but if the writers’ income depends on writing they have to get past these dry writing periods.
Tips to stop writers block:
If you find you can no longer write or come up with anything to continue your writing a break may be in order. Perhaps you need a few minutes to do something else to distract your mind. You may need to take a day or two or a whole week off from writing to get back into your groove.
If you normally are an author of technical writings or nonfiction items try writing something just for fun. Pick any topic and write on a topic that you enjoy or believe is fun. Try your hand a creative writing; you never know you might like it. You can also try your hand at poetry try a Haiku poem. If you already write poetry or are a creative fictional writer then go for the nonfiction or a news type piece.
If you are having writers block where you can’t find new topics to write about look at your own life first. What seemingly menial or trivial daily life happenings could you write about? Look back at your journal what could you use from there. If you can’t find anything interesting go out and create a new experience, try something you have never done before. It is much easier to write about what you know and your personal experiences.
If you can’t seem to get past a certain part in your writing try skipping around. If you have an outline or general idea of what you want to write about try skipping the part that is problematic and moving on to a more productive part. You may even be able to finish the rest of your writings and when you go back you will know exactly what you need to say in the section that was giving you trouble before.
If you are just stuck and can’t get past your writers block and you have tried everything else try writing games or exercises. Brain storm ideas for a novel and come up with funny character names to go with the novel idea. You can also try to play a word game, just take a word from the list on this web page (random word list) and write about that word. What does that word mean to you? Or what does the word you chose make you think of when you see it. You could write a sentence, a paragraph, a page or a book, the sky is the limit. The goal is to get yourself writing again.
Writers block doesn’t have to be the end of the world, just think of it as a pit stop on your way to greatness. Writers block is a necessary evil, in that if you persist you will be an even better writer in the long run.