As authors, we all get stuck with our writing at times, but there are some easy things you can do to overcome writer’s block and start writing again. Here are a few ideas.
How to Overcome Writer’s Block
1. Set a writing schedule and stick to it.
You’ll be amazed how easy writing gets when you make it a habit. If you’re writing a book but not in the mood, write something else. Just write – because once you get out of the habit of writing regularly, it’s very hard to get back into it.
2. Move on.
If you’re stuck on a particular part of your book, don’t get frustrated. Just move on to the next section. You can come back to the troublesome part later.
3. Break the rules.
In fact, there IS no rule that says you have to start on page one and write until you reach the end. If one particular chapter isn’t grabbing you at the moment, choose one that does and get that written instead.
4. Write about anything.
Write an account of what you did yesterday, or the lyrics to your favourite song. Or find a writing prompt online. Sometimes just writing, regardless of the content, loosens the mind and the words will start flowing again.
5. Try freewriting.
Set a timer for ten minutes and write continuously – whatever comes to mind. Again, the act of writing something – even if it’s not related to your book – can overcome the blockage.
6. Change your environment.
Sit in a different room, go into the garden, take your laptop to a café, write notes in the park.
7. If all else fails, do something else.
If the writing is really not flowing, do something else – but try and keep it connected to your writing project. Use the time to do research or make notes, look for useful quotes, think about how you’re going to market your book or sketch out cover ideas. And then come back to the writing tomorrow.
If you’ve tried all the above tips to overcome writer’s block and are still struggling, perhaps a one-off coaching call would help? Book a session and together we can work through whatever’s holding you back. I’m always happy to help!