Writers Block: Taking the Pressure Off
Writers block is a normal occurrence for any content creator. Your writing ability can be negatively affected for a multitude of reasons: lack of sleep, too much stress, not enough time, or the always-untimely lack of ideas. From creating thoughtful press releases to writing content that appeals to your social media followers, sometimes writers block just happens.
When writers block does arise, it can feel as if you are on a dead end road to the land of hopelessness and abandon. If you feel you are at the point of no return, here are four writing tactics to ease your way back to creating your next masterpiece:
1). Read: It’s often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Sometimes looking at the same piece of content repeatedly will drive you mad. One of the best tactics against writers block is to read for inspiration. Take a breather and read something that has nothing to do with the task at hand. Using outside resources as a tactic may be the spark to get those creative flames burning once again.
2). Just Type: Free writing is an excellent tactic for generating creative ideas. If you’re stuck in a rut, think outside of the box and just type. Don’t think about grammar, spelling or even making a complete sentence. If an idea strikes just write it down; you can always go back to rearrange and finalize your thoughts.
3). Start at the Middle: Beginnings and endings are the hardest parts to write in any piece of content. Sometimes just jotting down the bulk of your idea in the middle will help you strategize your introduction and conclusion. Unless you’re still using a typewriter, there are no rules as to where you can start writing.
4). Take a Breather: If all else fails, a little cup of joe and a walk away from your desk can do wonders. Don’t feel guilty for taking a break when there is work to do. Sitting at your desk pondering the same paragraph for hours is far more counterproductive than walking away for 10 minutes and resuming your writing refreshed and ready to take charge.
It takes lots of practice and a variety of tactics to accomplish great writing. These are just a few of the most used methods that writers use to produce creative content. Do you have any other tactics for overcoming writers block? If so, please comment with your tips below!
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Written by Erika Taylor Montgomery
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