• Ruth Pallek

5 Tips for Writer's Block

Many writers struggle with writer's block at some point during their career. It can feel like the well of inspiration has dried up, or the words just don't seem to come out. Sometimes we just need a gentle nudge or a change of scenery. Here are some ways to get things moving again.

1. Take a break and come back with fresh eyes

If you've been staring at a blank page or computer screen for too long, it may be time to take a break. Maybe a cup of coffee or a quick cat nap will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the world. If you have lots of things on your to-do list, it can also be hard to concentrate on writing. Perhaps it may be helpful to tackle some of those errands first.

2. Go for a walk

Exercise is great for your body and your brain. While you're walking, running, swimming or doing your favourite activity, you'll be fueling your brain with oxygen and also taking some of the pressure off. Let your mind wander and you just might come back with a new idea or solution.

Inspiration can be found in many places.

3. Carry a notebook and pen with you

Ideas can pop into your head at any time. Make sure you capture them by keeping a notebook and pen or voice recorder with you all the time. It can even be handy by your bedside. Sometimes the best and most original ideas can come during the night!

4. Change the scenery

Sometimes it can be helpful to write in a new place. Bring your notebook or laptop along to a local coffee shop or park. Take some time to absorb your new surroundings and let inspiration flow. Perhaps try a more exotic place... the local beach, a nearby waterfall, or the ice rink. Anything to coax you into a different mood.

5. Set a time limit

It can be easy to put off writing when you're not feeling inspired. Instead of waiting until the inspiration hits, try setting a time limit. See how many lines you can write in one hour. Take the pressure off by telling yourself that you don't need to use anything unless you absolutely love it. Then see what you can come up with. You might be surprised.

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