Overcome writer’s block: my best strategies that might work for you

overcome writer's block

Chances are if you are somewhat dedicated to writing, you might have gotten this little thing some people call, ‘writer’s block‘. I call it procrastinating because I am lazy but I digress. It is pretty hard to get rid of. Because after about 200 words, I feel like, ‘yup that is enough for a novel. I am going to go publish that.’ And then proceed to realize just how many words there are in a book. I mean you would think that you couldn’t fit in that many words inside a paper. It is like you get one of those CDs and you can put a whole scooter in it. Can you do that? I tell you, that’s stuff of witchcraft. But now that this is my last resort, I am going to have no other choice other than write about it. Here is a few things that I think that can you overcome writer’s block. I came up with it, so my copyright!

My Strategies to overcome writer’s block

  • Just do it. This is usually my first method and probably the least successful. For me, my brain decides to find a loop around because it is not ready to do actual work. And what it does in retaliation is decide that after writing miniscule amounts of words, I should call it a day and go back to watching Netflix with my tub of ice cream. Other than that, it seems to be relatively working well for most people to overcome writer’s block. But, I, am not most people.
  • Do something to get your mind off it. This is pretty much the opposite of the previous technique mentioned. And it turns out that it doesn’t work any better for me. But it might work for you to overcome writer’s block, not for me. And if this doesn’t work out for you, you will probably realize that by the following symptoms: feeling nauseous because you did absolutely nothing today; feeling tired because you did absolutely nothing today; feeling lightheaded because you did absolutely nothing today; realizing that you are just going on and on to add more substance the the post. And one of the final symptoms involves realizing that you are thirty one, single, and unemployed. Feeling nauseous because you did absolutely nothing today. And realizing that you are creating a black hole in the time-space vortex by repeating yourself.
  • Set a reward for doing some work. Basically if you do enough work, you will be able to give yourself something. Say a tub of ice cream, some extra time on Netflix. But it turns out that it only slightly works for me. Sure, I do substantial work but I realize that once I am done and I can give myself any reward and decide that the reward is not having to write for another few months. Suddenly you realize you have writer’s block and I haven’t really gotten any further. Other than that, it should work. You should try it.
  • Get someone else to do it. Sometimes you are just feeling discouraged from doing it and feel like you could use a bit more help with writing. That you cannot do it yourself. And I get some people I know to help me with writing. There are a few ways to do it.
  1.  Get a family member or friend to help you come up with ideas for what you need to write.
  2. Get a friend or family member to give you a full storyboard for what you need to write.
  3. Get a friend or family member to write for you while you enjoy the tub of ice cream and wonder what is going to happen next.
  4. Go to your average fast food restaurant or any public area and kidnap an average stranger. Make sure that the said average stranger wears glasses so you know that they are not smart enough to write for you. That they are socially awkward. That means they are social shut-ins and they are used to being by themselves and therefore, they would be comfortable with writing. After you kidnap them and force them to read what you have so far and make them write the rest of it. After that use your average Jedi mind tricks to wipe their memory of ever being there in the first place. Now I must remind you that the person I kidnapped to write this post is doing very well and probably won’t remember that this piece exists anyway.
  • Let your need to write flow. Enjoy yourself and don’t feel pressured by anything people feel like you should do. If you want to write, write. That is one way to overcome writer’s block. If you feel that you are just procrastinating, just think of all the possibilities for the story you are writing. Remember that there are so many people in the world waiting to hear your voice. And if you honestly feel like you don’t want to write, then don’t write. If you want to take weeks or months off just to relax yourself, go ahead and relax. Remember that no one is pushing you to do this. Just let it flow. Unless of course your career depends on it, then get a day job until you are ready to write. You could go on a personal mind vacation, just enjoying the outside running around, spend some time with your friends and family until you are finally ready to put those words on a piece of paper. Because let me tell you how difficult it is at times. You really do feel like someone is pushing you to do it. And you just aren’t quite ready for it yet. Honestly, just enjoy writing. But in the end, there really isn’t much I can teach you. Remember, writer’s block is inevitably in your head. Once you are done working through it, look where it’s gone. There is so much you can do in the world of writing and literature where basically the floor is yours. You can do anything you want. Even if it doesn’t make that much sense. Hell, I wouldn’t have a blog if that was a rule.
  • Final technique to overcome writer’s block, write a post about writer’s block. I can tell you right here that it worked pretty well.

Thanks for reading. It would mean the world to me if you commented. I don’t really need your likes, I don’t need your follows. I really need to know someone is saying something about my work.

19 thoughts on “Overcome writer’s block: my best strategies that might work for you

  1. Your piece is very engaging, Viyan. It reads smoothly, makes great use of humor, and contains many good ideas. (FYI: I had a writing business for about 20 years–technical writing, not fun writing like this. Well, actually it was fun writing for me because I am a nerd and love to figure out how things work, and that’s what I wrote about.) I hope you will continue writing, since you seem to have a natural flair for it and definitely write much better than others your age. Thanks for sharing your work! I look forward to reading more of it.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! Its really exhilarating to see that people that are so into literature and have so much work they’ve done in the subject would take such joy in my work, thanks for reading!

  2. Dear Vyan, I have tears from laughing so hard. The funniest and best advice for people like me.

    A big hug and keep it coming.

    Mau

  3. Some of my old posts were when I was much younger, so I was not as great with my writing as I feel I am now. But I’d say I’m not the most amazing writer now, but I plan to improve later on in my life, Thanks for reading!

  4. What a great post! I was forced to realize though that I am at about the same level as a 12 year old boy. Ummmm. Procrastinators Unite! Tomorrow!

  5. Oh I struggle with writers block often. I relate to all of your suggestions and have often wished I had someone to do it for me. Ah alas, their voice won’t match mine however.

  6. It is not clear from this blog whether you are twelve or thirty-one, so to me you could be either. I love how you put your words together in this post. Your words create pictures in my mind that amuse me. I love the to and fro between those parts of you that are procrastinating and that want to get on with it. I do hope you are balanced in your eating and get plenty of exercise to offset the ice cream and Netflix. I enjoy that you write from all perspectives of your self: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. I love the straying into irrational wishful thinking from the straightforward rational methods of dealing with difficulties. And I really appreciate your final line about wanting people to say something about your work, rather than increase the pile of likes and follows that many online writers seem to prefer. I wish you continued sharpness of vision and perseverance!

  7. Thank you for the feedback on my post! It does sometimes feel surreal that there are other writers on my level of writing that can range from my own age to years above, although I do feel very proud of being able to write on that level. This would be one of my best posts I have written in a while so it makes me happy that people can go into such detail about what I did with it, and yes, my diet does give me the nutrients i need and the exercise i need to offset the ice cream, although i do still watch a lot of Netflix. I never even noticed that I was writing from so many perspectives of myself when really i just felt like “I want to write something” after a while. And I made sure to put as much work in it as possible, and it did feel good to see that I was getting such good feedback. I do happen to stray deep into the recesses of my mind and sometimes shut other people out of my circle when in thought, whether or not that’s a bad thing I end up doing it at times. I honestly thank you for the feedback and will try my best to write more!

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