How do you overcome writer’s block? Writer’s block is every writer’s nightmare. You sit down to write only to discover nothing is forthcoming. You rack and rack your brain to no avail. Worry no more. I’ve got some tips that will take away this nightmare called “Writer’s block”.
To overcome writer’s block, you need to identify the causes.
What Are the Causes of Writer’s Block?
1. Inconsistency in writing and reading.
2. Lack of knowledge in the field you intend to write on.
3. Lack of adequate words/vocabulary to express the subject matter.
4. Lack of creativity.
How to overcome writer’s block
Be consistent in writing and reading
Waiting till you have a job to write or publish something is a bad habit. Farmers don’t wait till harvest time before they plant. You need to be consistent in writing and reading. Someone would ask, “How do I get topics to write on?”
Keep a notepad (soft or hardcopy)
When an idea or a topic strikes your mind, write it down and build on it later. It can be a word, a phrase, a sight anything that catches your fancy at that point. If you do not write them down you might forget. Don’t just note them. Go back and expound on them later.
Read other people’s work and write your own ideas on the topic
For example, a writer writes about “the sun’s beauty”, how the sun is so beautiful and gives light to all. You can decide to write about the same sun in another way, like “someone’s sun is set”, telling of how the success of something, someone, or a situation has ended. It is still the same “sun” idea.
Do a writing/reading challenge
You can set goals. For instance: thirty days writing/reading challenge on selected or random topics. The challenge could be reading at least two chapters a day or writing at least five hundred words a day for the stipulated period of time. However you wish to do it, make it feasible. Get an accountability partner if need be. Be disciplined. When you do these consistently, you are building your writing skills.
Gather knowledge in the field you intend to write on
Little or no idea about the topic or field you are writing on gives you writer’s block. Make some research on the topic and familiarize yourself with it. Be open to learning and unlearning. Do not be rigid.
Learn new words and vocabulary to express the topic
In linguistics, there is the term “register”. It is language used in a particular context. There is a register for whatever field your topic falls into. Limitation in the vocabulary of that field causes a block. Throw off some of your limitations by learning new words and vocabulary.
Trying not to make mistakes or not trying out new things will give you a block. You need to be creative. In a bid to be creative, you will definitely make mistakes. And that’s OK. Learn from your mistakes and bring out the best. As a story writer, you can not afford to be boring. Play with words. Use your poetic license to write unique and beautiful stories.
Try all these out and say bye to writer’s block.
Ajimuda Evelyn Temitayo is a writer, poet and blogger. She is a creative who brings imaginations alive.