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How to Get Past the Deadly Writer’s Block

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Do you ever want to write about a topic, but you don’t know what to write about? This experience is known as a “writer’s block.” Throughout history, writer’s block has been a documented problem.

      Writer’s block is a state of mind, and it can result from a variety of reasons, some being fear (afraid writing will not be good), timing (no good ideas at the moment), or perfectionism (the story is never perfect, so it is never started or built upon), according to smartblogger.com.

      Writer’s block can be conquered with the right mindset, and some expert strategies. Some of the best strategies to get past writer’s block are as follows:

  • Change your environment. A different scenery can be just what a writer needs to turn on that light bulb.
  • Eliminate distractions. Get the paper or keyboard, stop watching Youtube, and focus on your initiative.
  • Do something else for a little while. One of the best ways to think of an idea is by doing another activity. An activity of inspiration can vary from a walk in the park, to taking a shower, or to eating.
  • Listen to music. Music has been scientifically proven to help focus and calm the mind. It is also, “what all the best writers do…” according to copyblogger.org.
  • Spend time with someone who makes you feel good. This could include family, friends, or a pet.
  • Last but definitely not least, freewriting. Freewriting is simply writing about anything. It does not have to be perfect. No one is judging you, the writing is not important, and it’s fun. A writer can write about their writer’s block.

     Writers should also understand noted was that one should not go about removing a writer’s block. Some of the worst ways, according to goinwriters.com, are as follows:

  • Do not procrastinate. Waiting will just continue a writer’s block. The better thing to do is focus on something else.
  • Do not expect watching TV to work. Watching TV can give you ideas, but there are much better places to look besides the TV.
  • Do not complain. Complaining is like procrastinating, except you are bothering other people, and you still have a writer’s block.
  • It’s ironic, but do not read other articles on how to remove writer’s block. The only thing reading other articles does is waste time, when you could be reading or getting other ideas on how to write a story.

                                                                        
    H. Jackson Brown, Jr. author of such books as Life’s Little Instruction Book, Volumes 1 and 2, advises, “Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.” If you start writing, an idea will come. If it does not, then at least you wrote something down. It looks like it’s time pick up the pen and paper right about now….

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11 Responses to “How to Get Past the Deadly Writer’s Block”

  1. Adalantra White on February 27th, 2017 10:26 am

    Thx. This really gave me some good ways to get past writer block.

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  2. Bethany Barks on February 27th, 2017 11:20 am

    This’ll sure help when I’m writing. Thanks Elliot!

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  3. Natalie Pronk on February 27th, 2017 1:14 pm

    Great article! I like how you included what helps and what doesn’t help for writer’s block.

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  4. Carley Austin on February 27th, 2017 1:20 pm

    I thought this article was very helpful and will be very helpful to many students.

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  5. Elyzabeth Andersen on February 27th, 2017 2:02 pm

    I was surprised to know that you shouldn’t look at articles on how to get rid of writer’s block.

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  6. Mathew Tang on February 27th, 2017 6:19 pm

    Lots of details and facts to make the reader understand the article. Good Job!

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  7. Kaylee on February 28th, 2017 7:55 pm

    This was a very well written article. I would like to try some of these methods of getting past writer’s block.

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  8. Rafe DeBlasio on March 2nd, 2017 10:14 am

    This article was informative and will hopefully help me the next time I have writer’s block.

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  9. Joshua Yee on March 2nd, 2017 10:33 pm

    This is a very helpful article because I myself do deal with Writer’s Block.

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  10. Olivia Steward on March 3rd, 2017 10:02 am

    Wow! These tips will definitely help me while writing. Great article by the way.

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  11. Nathan on March 5th, 2017 10:48 am

    This is a really good article. I always struggle to write anything for class.

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