August 4, 2022
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Clever Ways to Break Writer’s Block

break writers blockThere you sit, fingers hovering over your keyboard, staring at a blank screen, and, struggling to make the words flow out from your mind. You’re experiencing writer’s block, a common phenomenon is that disconnects your cognitive functions of your brain from your creativity.

It’s very frustrating because there aren’t any ideas and the lack of inspiration stunts your ability to overcome writer’s block. You need some type of mental kick start and a bit of emotion to get past it and on your way to producing.

That’s what it really takes, a bit of emotion to get your mind in-gear and free to create. If you don’t change-up your routine, you’re unlikely to break free. Remember, doing the same thing and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity and you don’t want to lose yours.

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, don’t get discouraged. This happens to every writer at some point, and it’s easy to overcome it. I get stuck many times in the middle of a novel. I lose my muse and don’t feel like writing. I stare at the computer screen and no words come to mind. My head feels stuck, stuck, stuck. It can be frustrating. –Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest

The good news is, it’s only temporary and if you actively work to break through, you will do just that. So, it can be dealt with as long as you keep a positive outlook and that starts with attitude and a different prospective, as well as some introspection.

Different but Clever Ways to Break Writer’s Block

Everyone has heard or read the same old tricks. Get up and exercise, listen to music, have a bite to eat. While those might be good suggestions, they could be a big distraction. Here are some clever ways to break writer’s block and make your blog posts worthwhile:

  • Speak your mind. Pick up your smartphone and walk or drive your way to a change of scenery. Then, pull your smartphone out, create a new note or compose a new email using the dictation tool. Just started speaking aloud and that will likely bring inspiration. As you look about, ideas will begin to flow, and, before you know it, you’ll have several paragraphs.
  • Rewrite history. Pick out something, be it fact or fiction, and rewrite it your own voice. Go with something you’re not too familiar with, giving you the freedom to reconstruct it in a different way. As you begin to rewrite the material, ideas will start to pop into your head.
  • Learn something new. Pick up a book, click over to a website, or turn on the television. Choose content that genuinely interests you and try to dissect it. As you discover new things, you’ll be in a more creative mood.
  • Do the math. Take out your checkbook and balance it, look over your bills, or go over your credit report. As your critical thinking kicks in, you might get an idea or two that inspires you enough to write.
  • Do some household chores. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, laundry, dishes, trash, dusting, whatever it is pick one. Then, think about each step, why is it that you are doing these steps, and when did these become routine in every household across the country. As you begin to answer these questions you’re mine will reset, and allow you to step back from the frustration.

Another trick is putting something together. You probably have a puzzle collecting dust, an item you recently purchased, or need something new which requires assembly. Concentrating on the steps will allow you to get over the frustration, especially once you have accomplished something.

Owen E. Richason IV

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