How To Overcome A Writer's Block
By Kit Marsters
It happens to most writers sooner or later - a time when we lack inspiration and end up staring at the blank page before us. Many people call this a writer's block. It's an unpleasant experience.
Just as the reasons for experiencing a writer's block are varied, effective solutions will differ from person to person. If one doesn't work, try another. Sooner or later something will inspire you and help you get the words flowing.
The world around us is full of inspiration, and that's why a change of scenery can do wonders. If you are able to take a break and see some new sights, by all means do so. If you are unable to do so, a walk in nature tends to relieve stress and get you back in tune with the beauty of life. Some time spent in a park, watching children play and observing the interactions between others can be helpful. Don't hide indoors, get out there. Wherever you are, something interesting will be going on.
Reading is an essential pastime for any writer. If you are enjoying a book, what makes it so enjoyable to you? What tricks is the author of the book using to keep you moving to the next page? Reading is pleasant, and a learning experience at the same time. Too, contemplating how you would have moved the story along might just give you ideas for a story of your own.
Whilst it doesn't always help to force yourself to write, do keep trying. Some people experience a writer's block because they are so perfectionistic that the creative flow gets blocked. It's almost like a fear that what comes out just isn't good enough. The truth is, it doesn't matter whether it's good, bad, or plain awful. Just write. Even if it isn't perfect, you might be able to do something with it later. At least you're writing and getting back into the swing of things.
Journaling and blogging are great for when you simply want to write. You don't have to do a load of editing afterwards. You're writing about your life, your family, your observations and interests. It's easy to write about what you know, and a good exercise at that. The words soon add up and, again, you are writing.
If inspiration has run dry, it can be helpful to try out a different genre, a different style, a different poetry form... something to challenge you. It's fun to try out something new, and it might be just what you need.
Have a look at contest prompts for inspiration. Writing contests sometimes have some wonderful ideas, and one might be of interest to you. Alternatively, browsing the Internet can be helpful. Look at news websites, anything that usually inspires you, but don't be afraid to try out something new.
Last but not least - do not worry overly much when the words do not come for a while. For many a writer, inspiration comes and goes. You'll be writing again.