Whether it’s an assignment for university, a blog post, or answering the “Why should we hire you?” question in your cover letter (without giving into the urge of stating the obvious “Because you’re hiring and I need the money?!), we’ve all experienced this.
This can be so frustrating, regardless of whether you enjoy writing or not. I do, and yet I tend to hit a roadblock often. Sometimes, you feel creatively spent. However, because I do this often, I’ve worked out a few ways to work around this issue.
1. Change of scenery
Do you normally blog or write in your room? On your table? Go in a different space entirely. I don’t have a dedicated space per se – I sit on my bed and write. The other day, I sank into a couch in the living room with my laptop, and I was surprised at the speed and ease with which I was able to tackle some of the ideas I was working on.
2. Jot ideas as and when they come to you.
I kid you not, there have been multiple times when I’m trying to fall asleep and I’m randomly struck by an idea. It’s not easy for me to fall asleep and I know that switching any kind of light on will cause more disturbance – but I still quickly write it down in my phone. The idea may or may not develop into something further, but it’s best to keep a record of it. You wouldn’t imagine it, but it can help you out even months after you wrote it down.
3. Organise your space
I can’t work in a messy environment. Everything in my field of vision has to be kept properly, otherwise it’s going to keep nagging me. Also, if I have any chores pending, it’s best to get things done so I can think freely.
Sometimes, you want to write, but you just don’t know what to write about. Take a blank sheet of paper or open up a blank document, and write. Just write whatever comes to your mind. Random words, phrases. Scribble or type without too much thought behind it. Ideas will start to take form.
Not referring to domestic/international travel, even though that will do wonders for the brain – but even something as simple as going for a walk, going to the grocery store or a shopping trip will be like hitting the refresh button. It unlocks the mind.
This helps in all areas of your life – and even with your creative process. It releases endorphins, amongst many other chemicals, which gives you that feeling that you’ve done something great. As a result, you’ll feel more positive and productive.
7. Let it be
Don’t try to push yourself too hard or you’re only going to give yourself a headache. Stop thinking about it and go watch a video or read. Or sleep, perhaps you’re exhausted. Save yourself the tension, because if you’re on a loop worrying about your writer’s block, you won’t get anything done anyway. Let it go, focus on something else – and you’ll catch yourself unawares at what inspires you.
I hope this helps you out. I’d love to know what you do to tackle this issue, so do let me know in the comments below!
Happy writing 🙂