Writing is quite daunting, really, because it’s not something you can just do. There are a lot of spontaneous moments but you have to have a spark to set it off — and sometimes, when we lack that spark, we get something known as writer’s block.
What is writer’s block?
Writer’s block is quite self-explanatory, being a block for, well, writers. It means that we struggle to come up with ideas and can stare for hours at the screen or notebook without getting any ideas.
What are the symptoms of writer’s block?
As someone who has this a lot, I can tell most symptoms.
- Staring for hours without any ideas
This is the most obvious one and what most people think of when they think of writer’s block.
- Eating more than usual
Mostly, I find, writers overeat because it can be used as a comforter until the spark comes back. Others overeat because they’re bored of waiting. Really, everyone has different reasons.
Often, writers believe that they’re the reason that they can’t write but, really, it happens to everyone! If you don’t get writer’s block at one time or another then you are weird.
Obviously, when you cannot find an idea, you will get frustrated. This can often cause writers to pull at their hair or throw their pen across the room.
- Inability to focus (on anything)
They will be so occupied on trying to think of an idea that they probably won’t be able to concentrate on anything, which makes the condition worse!Note these are only a few symptoms – comment yours below!
How can you cope with writer’s block and try to overcome it?
- Remember that nothing is perfect
A lot of writers are perfectionists and this is quite often where writer’s block stems from. I have been known to delete whole stories because I was convinced it was awful! Just remember that you don’t have to be perfect.
- Go for a walk
This will probably put your brain at ease and refresh it, meaning that, as long as you are not thinking of anything stressful, you should get ideas. Remember, if you do go on a walk, to just relax.
- Cut out distractions
Often, people will say they have writer’s block but really, there’s a TV on here, a radio on there– and it’s no wonder they can’t find ideas! Sometimes TV/radio can help give ideas but it’s not useful when you’re trying to write!
- Read something
I usually just read the first sentence of something to see if that can inspire a first sentence for me (because the most important thing for me is my first sentence). But seriously, just read something, anything, and see if you can get some inspiration!
- Take a break
Don’t just sit there for hours — that will not help! Just take a break, it’s fine. You’ll think of something later.These are also just a few coping strategies, if you think of more then comment!
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