Dealing with Writer’s Block
By Maya Koparkar
It’s happened to every writer at least once in their life. You sit down, ready to start your writing adventure. As you manage to squeak out your first couple sentences, you find yourself drawing a blank. What should I say next? Where am I going to take this storyline? How am I supposed to finish this sentence?
Frantically, you realize that you have no idea how to answer these questions. Unfortunately, you have fallen victim to writer’s block.
Fortunately, writer’s block is fairly common, relatively harmless, and easy to get over if you use these tips.
1. Change your scenery.
Stuck in a rut? Maybe you just need a refreshing change of pace. Switch spots at the library, go to a different coffee shop, or even relocate yourself from your desk to your bed. Relocating yourself can refresh your mind. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even see something that inspires you.
2. Get some fresh air.
Sometimes, writer’s block can make you feel stuffy and trapped in your own head. Get outside, go for a walk or run, take in some fresh air, and clear your head. You’ll come back with a more relaxed, calm mindset that will allow you to approach your challenge in a more effective way.
Often, writer’s block can be the result of having too many ideas and not knowing where to start or use each idea. Putting all of your ideas on paper will help you to clear your head and give you an understanding of each individual idea. By focusing on just one idea at a time, you can more efficiently visualize how to incorporate each element into your storyline.
4. Use writing prompts.
Often these will give you a starting point, and while the prompt may not have anything to do with what you are writing about, following a prompt will allow you to get your creative juices flowing just enough so that you can come up with ideas for your own project.
5. Sleep on it.
If deadlines aren’t an issue sometimes the best thing to do is give yourself 24 hours to process everything and come up with new ideas. A 2007 University of California at Berkley study found that the brain can make remote connections while asleep rather than while awake. So by letting things go for a day, you could potentially wake up to some great ideas for the next day.
Just as everyone is a unique writer, everyone will go through unique kinds of writer’s block, so it’s all about finding the methods that work best for you. But the one thing everyone should keep in mind is that you should never give up!
About Maya Koparkar: Maya Koparkar is an 18-year old university student from McGill University with a passion for writing and sharing what she has to say with the world. Beyond her work with Write Local, she runs her own blog: www.chlorinatedmind.tumblr.