At some point in a writer’s life, you will experience writer’s block. It’s inevitable. Every writer goes through it. You’ll wake up one day with no ideas coming out, nothing to write, and no motivation to write. It comes to a point when you think you were wrong in choosing writing as your career.
Let’s say you’re a writer of a company that offers content marketing services. As a writer, you can’t afford to be unproductive. You have to find that passion in writing. You have to keep the fire burning. But the ultimate question is, how?
There is a multitude of reasons why a person experiences this. You may fear rejection; you feel anxious, a traumatic experience recently, or a project ended due to your negligence. Nearly everything that happens in your life can be a factor that gives you an exhausting feeling of fear and frustration.
Nevertheless, a good thing is there are also ways on how to overcome your creative constipation. In this article, we cited some hacks on how to find that wandering passion in being a writer. Here are some of those:
1. Create a writing schedule at work and stick to it
You need to plot your schedule and find a particular time in writing when to write. Go to the office with this mindset “I need to write today from 8 am to 5 pm.” Face your computer with your mind programmed about the tasks you are about to do for that day.
As a matter of fact, Graham Greene has become famous for writing 500 words every morning. But with that small amount of words every morning, (which is not even equal to a page) he was able to produce thirty books.
What most article writers do is they allocate half of their time in researching for topics, creating an outline of what to write and some pauses. They spend the rest of the time remaining in writing.
2. Loosen up a bit
When we say loosen up, that means you should not and never be hard on yourself while you’re writing. Some writers experience writer’s block, not because of the sole reason that they can’t write anything. Sometimes, they lose hope in writing something eloquent.
One great tip while writing is to turn off the perfectionist part in you. There is always a perfect time to turn it on. Guess when? You can turn it on when you’re proofreading and editing.
3. Make an outline of what to do
Have you ever felt that feeling when you know what to write, but you don’t know how to write it? If yes, it would be best to organize it by creating an outline. By doing this, it would be easier to fill your blanks.
You may try dividing your topics by sections or points and make it your basis for your discussion. If you have questions that need answers, put it in some parts of the outline as well.
Aside from that, you may also create a note or something on how to start the article or how to end it. It would be easier for you if you had this outlined from the very beginning till the conclusion.
Once you’re done creating an outline, all you need to do is to add the appropriate words to establish a clear thought. What’s good about this is the hard part has already been taken care of because you already have a guide on what to do.
Some writers working in an article writing company (e.g., LinkVista Digital Inc.) found this technique very helpful as it eases the process of writing something out of a non-cooperating brain.
4. Set deadlines and make sure to implement it
Many of us have difficulties in setting deadlines and keeping it (especially when no one supervises you in meeting those). If that’s the case, why not try looking for a partner who can help you with that?
When you find one, ask one another to hold each other’s deadline in a healthy and a beneficial way. Keeping in mind that someone is expecting an output for a particular day or time can fuel the passion inside you. But don’t misunderstand it, this is good pressure.
One good way is to enroll yourself in a writing class or join a group of writers. There, aside from learning something from your colleagues, you will also help each other in attaining your goals and fulfilling your deadlines.
5. Try looking for the underlying reasons for your writer’s block
You can start looking for the reasons by writing everything that bothers you and your anxieties in creating an article or anything related to it. Speak to a colleague or a friend; it would be best if he or she is someone who also writes. There are also tons of books that will help you in exploring the reasons for your mental block.
Conducting a study of why writers experience this (on your own) may also be helpful. If this continues to happen, it may be ideal to enroll yourself in counseling sessions. There are several therapists out there who specialize in letting writers and artists find their way back to creativity.
6. Do several projects at a time
There will be times when you can’t write anything on a certain topic, but you have a lot to say in a separate niche. That is why some writers (especially those who experience writer’s block most of the time) find it helpful to switch from one project to another.
But don’t cater too many projects all at the same time as this may put quality in jeopardy. Nevertheless, this may minimize either boredom or fear towards your project; it appears to be helpful to reduce writer’s block for many authors.
7. Do not procrastinate!
Have you ever tried being stuck on something because you forgot it? Like you need to recall something right at that time. It’s on the tip of your tongue, but when you try to write it, you’re at lost for words.
The tendency is you’ll procrastinate. You will start delaying what you need to do because of that. After that, you’ll feel pressured. Others may write well in pressure, but sadly, not everyone works the same.
Therefore, you need to avoid procrastinating if you want to work or finish a project without trouble. There will be times when your deadlines will be choking you, and of course, you don’t have control over them; we suggest you try applying the tips mentioned above.
Writers go through different challenges in their lives. Aside from personal issues, they also have to work on their number 1 enemy: writer’s block. It is powerful, to the extent that many writers have thought of quitting their jobs because of it.
As what Scott Berkun said, “It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s fear of not writing well; something quite different.” Writers are born perfectionists. They don’t settle for mediocrity. They only want nothing but the best. As a result, they procrastinate and delay everything that they are supposed to do. Good thing, there are always some ways on overcoming it.