5 Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

It’s always helpful to go back to the basics when you are experiencing writer’s block.  Below are 5 tips to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Start writing– No one writes a perfect paper on the first attempt, which is why it is called a rough draft. Give yourself permission to write without rules when you are first getting started.
  • Brainstorm– Set a two or three minute timer and jot down EVERY idea that comes to mind, even if it seems silly or impractical. This exercise will help you think outside the box and gain a fresh perspective. Use this list to create a graphic organizer  that will categorize your ideas and structure your thoughts. Once your main ideas are down, it’s much easier to fill in the gaps.
  • Choose topics of interest– Write about things you are passionate about because chances are, you are already well versed in these areas. If you have to write a persuasive essay for English and you are convinced cats are better than dogs, then write about it!
  • Browse old writings and samples– Glancing at your previous works (or someone else’s) can spark creative ideas. Sometimes it just takes one word or sentence to get inspired. So go ahead and unleash the hidden writer within you.
  • Take a break– Step away from what you are working on and focus on something else. Go for a walk, fold a load of laundry or watch a sitcom. Often a great idea will spring to mind while doing something completely unrelated.

Experiment with what works best for you and start writing. As Charles Bukowski said, “writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

Contributed by: Kim Imdieke ~ Online Advisor

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