No-Fail Ways to Beat Writer's Block: 30 Tricks and Prompts
Writer's block happens to everyone. Every writer, student, teacher, artist, and creator has been there. You sit down at your desk to write that paper or poem or story and nothing comes out. Suddenly, your mind goes blank. You swear you have ideas floating around in there, but you can't seem to locate them, and the more you try the more frustrated you become.
Writer's block happens to everyone.
What is writer's block?
You sit down to get some work done, to produce a few pages or lines, but you can't. You can't and your not sure why, but it's as if an invisible barrier is between you and the page. That invisible barrier is writer's block, and it may be invisible, but it's real. Maybe, as soon as you start typing or writing, you find your brain has shut down. Like a computer, it's shut down and you can't get it to boot back up. Maybe you jot down a word or a sentence and it feels "blah," lifeless, and uninspired. There are words on the paper, but they don't make you feel anything. Maybe your mind is elsewhere, focused on work or chores or other responsibilities. You have so much going on and your mind has become the Energizer bunny. It keeps bouncing from thing to thing and the faucet of creativity in your mind has been turned off.
Even the most confident writer can be plagued by self-doubt after a difficult critique.
What causes writer's block?
Writer's block has many causes and is unique to each and every writer. Writer's block can be the result of stress or stressful events occurring in a writer's life, chores and responsibilities stacking up into an insurmountable pile, or recent personal obstacles. Writer's block can be physical, due to fatigue or illness. That mind and body connection not firing on all cylanders. It can also be due to criticism. I was once given some harsh feedback on a novel I was working on, and I consider myself to be thick-skinned to literary criticism, but I couldn't work on that novel for months after. Even the most confident writer can be plagued by self-doubt after a difficult critique. The list goes on. The causes of writer's block are endless and intimidating, which is why it can be such a plague to writers.
Now let's get over that writer's block!
Whatever your case of writer's block looks like, it can't go on forever. There are many ways to conquer writer's block, from prompts to exercise to found poetry. Try my 30 no-fail ways to beat writer's block, one of them is sure to help you clear your mind and feel like your creative self again.