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June 9, 2016

7 Tips on beating Writer’s Block

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So, you love writing and you often find yourself coming up with a topic that you think will blow people’s minds, but when you get yourself to sit down in front of the computer it feels as if all the words have vanished. No matter how hard you think, they just can’t seem to come together the way that you thought they would. A few people have asked me how I get it right to write. Although this may seem to be a rather simple question, I think that it is in fact not, as the writing process is one of those things that is different to each person. Some of us write without planning a single word, some of us use mind maps, some of us take days to write a page (the latter of which seems to be the most frustrating process to me).

Even though we are all unique (just like everyone else), I do feel that there are some basic concepts that you can apply to make your writing process less painful.

Some things to keep in mind….

  1. Before you start writing, sit down in a quiet space and clear your mind. Hearing other people’s conversations and sounds are most likely to distract you from the task at hand.
  2. Do not multitask! Contrary to the belief, us humans cannot multitask, all that your brain is actually doing is flicking from one task to another within seconds. This means that you are in actual fact just doing all the tasks half as good as you would have if you had focused on them individually.
  3. Decide on your topic. If you need some inspiration, I always find that reading up on random topics and getting different perspectives helps me decide on what I would like to write about!
  4. Once you have a topic, decide how long your piece will be and gather some main aspects that you would like to discuss.
  5. Start writing your introduction, by starting at the beginning you can try to direct your thoughts and make your writing more fluid and logical.
  6. If you feel that you’re getting tired, take a break. Your mind often digests and orders information when you are not actively thinking about something.
  7. Once you have finished your piece, wait 5 minutes and then read through it to look for mistakes and make the alterations that you feel are necessary.

I hope that these tips have helped you, let me know if you have any thoughts on writing!

One Comment on “7 Tips on beating Writer’s Block

Erentia
June 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

For those with serious writer’s block Julia Cameron’s book “The right to write” is a must! Everyone can write but somehow society in all his different disguises has planted the idea that only a select few may call themselves writers. It is time for all those closet writers would be writers and those dreaming to be writers to take up the pen and write. Even of it is just for your cat to read!

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