Writer’s block: the bane of every writer’s existence. But as is the case with every creative profession, sometimes you just hit the wall. Instinct says to power through it, but this often does more harm than good, and no one wants to stare at a blank screen hour after hour, hoping for something to come.
And you don’t have to. Instead, try our tips below to break out of the block and get back to writing.
Take a walk around the block, a hike in a nearby park, or even do laps at the mall with the old folks. If you aren’t in the mood for walking, try a little aimless driving instead. The idea here is to change your scenery without having to do a lot of thinking, letting your mind rest.
You know you need to do this anyhow, and as an added benefit, getting your blood flowing has a way of lubricating the gears in your brain. By the time you finish your workout, you just might find you are able to access those ideas that were blocked off.
Do something you loved when you were younger. Grab some blocks and build a tower, pick up some colored pencils and fill in a few pages in a coloring book, dress up like a princess—whatever it is that you used to love when you were small. This helps to tap into your creative brain that we tend to close off as we get older.
Preferable print rather than digital media. The idea here is to get away from the technology that could be at the root of your struggles. Instead, grab a book, magazine, or newspaper and turn real pages, escaping the screen.
Anything else. Something fun. Something for work. A journal entry. Anything that isn’t the same writing you were feeling blocked on. Something this is all it takes to unlock your thoughts and get back to work.
This is another one of those tasks that needs to be done, so you might as well do it. But cleaning is often something we do with little thought, freeing up our mind to wander. With luck, it will wander upon something excellent for your current piece.
Go to the gym and box, punch a pillow, scream, break something (just not anything valuable or dangerous). Do what works for you to get that negative energy out so you can come back to your work without it hanging over you like a cloud. Sometimes this is all it takes.