How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block
Have you ever had to write a paper and not know what to write about? Have you ever sat there staring at a blank sheet of paper unsure of where to start? Well, you are not alone; there are many people who get writer’s block when trying to write something new. Writer’s block is when you do not have any ideas of what to write, or you do not know where to start in the writing process. Some people have not had any problems with getting writer’s block or they just never run out of ideas, but that is not the case for everyone. A writer named Jeff Goins explains that normally the causes of writer’s block are fear, exhaustion, high standards, distractions, perfectionism, busyness, laziness, or the lack of structure. Although there are many causes of writer’s block, there are also many ways to get rid of it. I decided to do some research and find some ways to help get rid of writer’s block; continue reading to learn a few tips on how to get rid of it.
- Write something down.
It’s always good to just write something down; it doesn’t even have to be related to what you’re going to write about. It is never good to just start with a blank page; sometimes typing or moving your hand can help lead you in the general direction of what to write. The hardest part is always getting started so even writing something random down can help give you ideas.
- Start anywhere.
Most people want to start in order or with an introduction paragraph. They get so focused on figuring out that perfect first line that they get stuck on writing the rest. If you know or have ideas on the rest of the piece, then just go ahead and start there. You can always go back to the beginning to fix or add anything. Once you jot down some of the other parts to the piece, the rest of the writing should come a little more natural.
- Read something.
Sometimes reading a book or magazine can help give you some ideas on what to write. Even rereading books can help you remember what interested you to read them in the first place. If you are writing an essay or report on a book, then going back and reading it will definitely help lead you in the right direction and even give you quotes to use.
- Change your location.
Maybe sitting in your room is not the best place for you to write. You might want to go outside to get some fresh air and sit in the sun. A change in your location can help refresh your brain and get some ideas flowing. Even try going for a walk or jog, going through the scenic outdoors is a really good way to think of new ideas.
- Don’t wait to be inspired.
Many people think that they need to be inspired to write something or that the ideas will just come to them. Waiting for something to inspire you could leave you waiting for hours or days because not everyone gets or uses inspiration to write. Getting inspired and writing the perfect story isn’t very realistic; it is better to think of a topic fresh on your mind then waiting for inspiration.
- Phone a friend.
Believe it or not, calling a friend and bouncing ideas off of them really helps. Tell them the topic of interest and try to have a normal conversation about it. And like most conversations, you might stumble upon some important points on the topic. After you hang up you should be left with a pretty good outline of your topic.
- Get rid of distractions.
Try to get rid of any annoying background noises that could distract you such as music or television. Also, put away any electronics that could possibly distract you such as your phone or computer. Go into another room to get away from any of the noises or electronics if your room is too distracting. This will help you be more focused and able to write.
- Research your topic.
Writing about something you do not really know or understand can be difficult. Researching your topic can give you more background info on what you need to write about so that way you will have a lot more knowledge about your talking and will have a lot more writing points. If you don’t have a topic to research, you should find something that interests you to get information for some writing points.
- Take a break.
If nothing else works, take a break and come back to it. You should take at least a fifteen-minute break to get the blood flowing again. During your break, you could take a nap or even work on something else such as math homework. Just focus on something else to give your brain a break, and hopefully when you come back to it you will have somewhere to start.
Dealing with writer’s block can be very stressful, especially if you have a paper due the next day. Hopefully, these tips helped you overcome your writer’s block and you are no longer staring at that blank sheet of paper.