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How to: Overcome Your Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a terrible thing that all writers have to face in their lives. It’s a condition in which all you get this block in your mind that prevents you from writing – Sometimes you can’t come up with an idea: all you have is a blank in your mind. Or sometimes you do have an idea, but you can’t seem to write it down, and can’t commit to it. Or maybe sometimes you get stuck in the middle of whatever project you’re working on and can’t write any more of it.

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Some writers just wait for the writer’s block to go (even though it takes ages to do so) while others have ways and steps to get rid of it.

Writer’s block can last for weeks, months, or maybe even years. It always happens to writers at some point of their lives. But it’s something you cant prevent from happening. it’s unavoidable.

But you can try to get rid of it once you get it. The question is: How exactly can you try to get over it? Don’t worry about this question too much: I’m here to help you find it’s answer.

I’ve faced Writer’s block only a few times in my life – my longest Writer’s block lasted for four months, which was at the beginning of last year. I tried various things to get rid of it – and some of them did work – a bit. My Writer’s block slowed down, and a few months later, went away completely. I’ve decided to compile a list of the ways that I think can help a person to overcome writer’s block, and here are those ways that I think work the most:

  • Music

One thing that helps a lot is listening to music. Music affects the way you write a lot. When ever I’m writing – whether it’s working on my fanfic, blog, or story – I listen to Music. I’ve got a playlist that consists of songs that help me write. Fast music usually helps more – because it helps you write quicker. So find a good song, and then come back here for step two.

  • A Break

You need a break sometimes! You’re not some kind of machine that can work 24/7. My advice is to give writing a break and focus on other things for a while, instead. Then, you can come back and write with your mind refreshed.

  • Ideas

While you’re giving writing a break, come up with a few ideas. You might come up with a good idea that’ll help flow all your creative writing juices. You don’t even have to use that idea. Coming up with an extra idea is just a way to help you start writing again.

  • Excerpts

Now this is a point that is very important. You should write small excerpts of your story – like characters’ conversations, or anything at all. It doesn’t even have to part of the story – you can just write it for fun. You could also write other things. Small passages about anything. You don’t have to write about a specific topic. This is just a small exercise to help you write again.

  • Inspiration.

Get up and go outside! Get inspired – by people, by nature, by everything around you. Inspiration comes in different forms. If you’re an introvert and not a big fan of going outside, just read a good book, or watch a movie. This’ll give you new ideas. You could also listen to music. Music is a good form of getting inspiration to write. You can get inspired anywhere you are. The only thing you have to do is observe. Notice and take in everything, and then write about it.

  • Stop writing.

Give writing a real break! Maybe you’re just bored of writing. Stop it for an year or something. That’s not what I would do, but sometimes that is the only solution. If nothing else that I’ve mentioned is working, giving writing a break is the only option left.

There’s also another thing: Sometimes, you get tired of the book you’re working on. You get tired of your writing style, and the whole plot of the book. You need a change. The best thing to do is to stop writing that book. Leave it alone. Start a new novel instead. Years later, you could come through that book again and read it. New inspiration could then hit you, and you could start working on the book again, with more creative ideas in your  mind and an improved writing style.

This thing, though, is something  I wouldn’t recommend unless the writer’s block is extreme.

  • WRITE.

This is the last thing I’m going to mention here. And this is probably one of the most important things. WRITE. Work on your story. Doesn’t matter if you’re writing shit. Whatever you do, just write.

One thing that can help is to set a timer – maybe for 20-30 minutes, or maybe even only 10 minutes. And in that amount of time, write continuously, without breaks. Do not worry about grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. You can edit later. That way, you can get to write a lot in only a short amount of time.

There’s also another way to help you write while you’re going through your block: You should just vomit out all the words in your mind while writing. Editing can wait for later. Note down all the ideas that you have first – it doesn’t matter if they are not in order. It’s your book, and you make the rules. Write down the ideas, and then sort them later. Write down excerpts which could be part of the middle, or the end of the book. You don’t have to write them at the end.

All you have to do is write. Edit everything after you’ve written. Cut out all the nonsensical shit later. That is one thing that helps a lot.


Those were some of the steps I’ve come up with. I have several more in my mind. I think I’ll do a Part 2 of this some time later (???) Idk, maybe.

With all that being said, I wish you guys a perfect writing day/week/month/year because nobody deserves to face writer’s block as it’s such a terrible thing!

Happy Reading!

Yours fangirlishly,

Hiba.

P.S I just got the Bane Chronicles aND IT’S SO GOOD I’M DYING. IT’S SO INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT MAGNUS’S LIFE. IF YOU’VE READ THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS AND OTHER BOOKS BY CASSIE CLARE BUT HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET, YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON ALL OF MAGNUS’S LIFE EXPERIENCES AND THE SHENANIGANS HE GETS UP TO. GO READ IT. BYE.

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