The most intimidating sight in the world is a blank page.
That empty space is begging to be filled with your great ideas, pretentious thoughts, or even just an email to Mom, yet you come up empty every time.
Writer’s block is no joke. While some claim that writer’s block does not exist, for many people this hurdle can be nearly impossible to climb over. In fact, countless potentially great works are lost every day due to this epidemic that is not knowing what to say.
Luckily, there are fixes that can get you back in the writing game.
The next time that white Word document’s stare feels like too much to handle, try beating your writer’s block with these simple tricks.
Write Something Else
Instead of wasting your time trying to figure out how to solve the current issue you are facing, try writing something completely different. Writing a B2B piece on marketing? Attempt crafting a short story about the family pet. Trying to figure out the perfect bridge to your new song? Write a blog about your favorite recipes. Writing something completely different from what you are currently struggling with can help you to find inspiration in unexpected places.
Take a Break
Chances are, you have been staring at a blank page for quite a while, and a break is more than justified. Go take a walk around your neighborhood or just binge watch a show on Netflix. Often, the best ideas occur when you aren’t actively seeking out inspiration.
Edit Your Work
If you are trying to figure out where to go next with you writing, it can help to go back and work on what you already have. By editing what you have written, even if just a line or two, you have the opportunity to rework the piece, and the freedom to completely change it to give yourself new options moving forward.
It has been said time and time again – if you want to be a writer, read. Put down your pen, step away from the keyboard and pick up a book. Reading is research to writers. When you read, you are able to absorb new styles, tricks, and even vocabulary from other authors that you can then turn around and use in your own writing. Not to mention, reading has the ability to spark your imagination and give you inspiration like no other writing trick under the sun.