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4 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

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How do you get past writer’s block? It’s a question I’ve personally been struggling with over the past couple of months. It’s like my mind has been trapped behind a brick wall, and I’ve been pounding at it trying to find a way through it.

So, I figured, the best way to get past writer’s block was to write about it. So here are four ways to get past writer’s block.

DO THINGS AND INTERACT WITH PEOPLE

Okay, I’ll admit this is a hard one and far from my strong suit. Here’s the thing, some people believe that writing is like Jesus or Anakin Skywalker, they are birthed through immaculate conception. This could not be further from the truth. 

All ideas, good and bad alike, must come from somewhere. All stories and articles are in some way inspired by reality. Stephan Kings The Shining, was inspired by a real-life hotel. Something the author saw birthed his now famous story. So, go out there, and experience something new, it may help break that wall down.

WRITE A DREAM JOURNAL

I’ll admit it’s a little hypocritical of me to write this one down, since I’ve never successfully written a dream journal, but I’ve heard great things from my friends who do. There are so many reasons you should dream journal. 

1. It helps you lucid dream (Have dreams where you can control what is happening) so that’s awesome. 

2. It can give you story ideas, as there are several books based off of dreams authors had.

3. It gets you in the habit of writing. This is probably the most crucial element to getting past writer’s block. The more you write, the weaker that wall will become, until eventually you can just trip over its rubble.

WRITE JUST A PLAIN OLD JOURNAL OR DIARY

Okay, this one I have done, and I can say from personal experience that it helps. The key to breaking writer’s block is to write something. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas, whether it’s for a story or an article. 

So instead write about your day, if you can write how you felt about the day, but if that’s too much, just describe the events that happened as well as you can remember them. This will not only help your long-term memory, but it will also help you get back into the groove of writing.

FREE-WRITE

Finally, if all else fails, there is always the free write. As I said before, the key to breaking writer’s block is writing. There is no magical potion, location, or person who can solve this problem for you. You just have to write. And if the above three didn’t help, then this is the best solution. 

Just sit down in front of your computer, or have a pen and paper in hand. Start a timer for five-ten minutes, and just start typing. Lift all judgement from your mind and just write. You can write “Peas and carrots” if you don’t have anything else to write. Just write something, anything, and whatever you do, don’t stop typing. 

You’ll be surprised to see that your brain can force out some coherent sentences in your free-write ramble.

There is no such thing as writer’s block. Writer’s get stuck sure, but writer’s block only happens when you stop writing. If you feel seized by what you insist is called "writer’s block", just write it away. 

Maybe take a walk outside first, but then write it away. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll write an article titled 4 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block, and follow your own advice.

Let me know in the comments your best trick for getting rid of "writer's block"

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Henry.Weissmann
His name's technically Chanoch, but goes by Henry because it's pronounceable. He has an indescribable love for Star Wars, and is finally getting around to playing Undertale. He currently attends the University of Baltimore, working towards his English degree.
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