There is nothing worse, to me, than sitting down to my computer with a pending deadline, only to come up short in the creativity department. As a full time writer, it happens to me more than I care to admit. Thankfully, by focusing on something other than the task at hand, I’m able to overcome even the worst cases of writer’s block. Here are my tried and true favorite tips so you, too, can harness your creativity and burst the block.
Yep, it sounds crazy, but it’s true. My number one tip for getting rid of writer’s block is to step away from it and do something completely opposite — go to the gym, walk your dog, run an errand — anything that doesn’t involve sitting in front of your computer. When you come back, you’ll be refreshed and in a new state of mind.
If I’m trying to focus on a new piece, I don’t want to listen to my phone ding or my dogs wrestle. By eliminating distractions, you are opening the door for your thoughts to flow freely.
I know when I write best — in the morning. I like to close my office door, light a candle and have a hot cup of coffee, so I know that sitting down at 3 P.M. in my kitchen is going to result in low productivity. Figure out your peak time and ideal setting and get to work!
It sounds juvenile, but freewriting daily fosters creativity. Using 15 minutes of your morning to write freely not only allows you to hone your craft, but eliminates thoughts that might be cluttered in your head later on. Get everything out early so you can be productive later!
Wait, what?! It’s true. Resorting to traditional methods of writing with a pen and paper refocuses your brain, allowing you to concentrate on the topic at hand. If you are still have trouble, make use of the pen and paper for brainstorming ideas, making charts, pie graphs, etc. to get your creative juices flowing.
Everyone has different methods of beating a writing rut, but these are some of my favorites. Knowing how to fix a potential problem before it starts is half the battle, so I hope they will help you, too!
Kait Hanson is a Hawaii-based writer who enjoys cooking, traveling with her husband, Dane, and playing with her chocolate Lab, Judy. Her work has appeared in The Associated Press, Huffington Post and various online media outlets. Kait’s daily musings can be found on her blog.