Hey guys! Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday if you’re in the same area as me. I went shopping and bought a few new outfits for work and today, I went to see Spiderman: Homecoming which I might do a post about later, possibly. I need to think of how to word it, what exactly I want to include in the post, etc. But as I sat down to write today’s post which was going to be about Game of Thrones (and I still might write it in the future) I found myself coming up short. So I thought of all of the things that I could write about.
The answer was at the forefront of my mind – ways to beat writer’s block. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember so these are the things that I think help the most!
- Reading other people’s work.
This expands into blog posts, books or poems. There’s a difference between being inspired about something and copying it. If you saw a blog post that you liked and you thought that you wanted to have your own spin on the topic then there’s nothing saying that you can’t do it. So long as you ensure that it is entirely your own work and that you’re not repeating what was said in the previous post – it could be a really good way to get your writing mojo back. Everyone’s work is inspired by something in some small way so never feel afraid to do this. If you don’t feel comfortable then talk to the writer if you can! Ask them whether they would be comfortable with you doing it or even credit them.
2. Listening to music.
One thing that I really find helps me concentrate in any situation is listening to music. My personal favourite if I’m writing fictional stuff are soundtracks but otherwise, anything will do. Some people might find this distracting but I find it helps me to focus and can also prompt ideas.
3. Talking to other people about what they want to see.
Something I’ve done in the past is make a post where I’ve purely written down what I would be interested to write on this blog in the future and I’ve also asked what you guys would like to see. I like to do this at the end of my posts anyway but I’ve found that a post that is solely focused on that is more likely to gain a response. Don’t be waylaid by that though – still ensure that it’s something you want to write about!
4. Walk away from the computer.
The more you try to write something and come up empty, the more frustrated with yourself you’ll be. I’ve found that in the past, it’s easier for me to walk away and do something else. Watch a film, have a shower, go for a walk before I can sit back down and try to write again. If you force yourself, it might not come out the way that you want it to, anyway.
5. Try to write as consistently as you can.
Even though I don’t post on here every day, I do attempt to write every day. Whether it’s silly little stories or a poem in the back of my notebook, I thrive the most when I’m writing. Sometimes, you can barely write anything more than your name and some days, you can write a novel. But what’s important is to keep at it and not be discouraged by anything! It’s your passion – be passionate!
So, there you have it! What do you guys find helps you best when you have writer’s block? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Did you see my last post? It was a Taylor Swift style steal. Check it out!
P.P.S. If you need more blogging advice, head to my post about what I’ve learned in my time blogging.