Writer’s block; how to unlock your imagination

Point Number Five: Make writing a daily duty.

Writer’s block is not an uncommon occurrence to many, regardless of whether you’re a professional writer or not. Whether it’s a novel, poem, essay, or even an email or a text message, sometimes the words seem not to come at all. Writer’s block happens to the best of us, but it can be handled. These tips below show you how:

1.Take short breaks to clear your mind and to refresh your thoughts:

The key is SHORT breaks. Anything from 5 minutes to 10 minutes is fine. If you make it longer you may end up reading a book, flipping through your phone, or watching a TV sitcom and the writing will take a back seat.

2. Stop writing from a place of fear:

Sometimes, writing with the thought of what others will think of your writing can hamper your creative flow.  You should write what you want to write as it comes. The remarkable thing about writing what you want to write is that it will draw an audience attracted by your authenticity.

3. Start from the middle:

You have a great story idea, but you are finding it hard to draft the perfect intro? Don’t let that obstruct the process of creating your story. Why not start from the middle if that’s easier and get to your introduction later.

4. Read your favorite novel/article/story:

Try reading a book or article you really like or something related to the topic you want to write about, and see what ideas come into your head. This will also help you brush up on the mechanics of what you are trying to write.

5. Make writing a daily duty:

Inspiration flows best when you do the work. Make it a habit to sit down every single day to write, even if it’s just a sentence. Write even when you feel like surfing the net or just lying down. Make it a daily duty and don’t cut yourself any slack. The muse only inhabits minds that are ready and waiting for it, and if you’re not writing, then you’re not ready. Novelist Peter de Vries once said, “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

What other tips have helped you overcome writer’s block? Do share with us in the comment section.