Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What can you do in the event of writer’s block?

Like many of you, I too, had faced plenty occurrences of writer’s block. Writer’s block is the state of mind when you’re unable to think or develop meaningful sentences from a list of ideas or even from the very basic of writing – finding a topic or an idea of what to write.


The obvious symptom when you are having a writer’s block is when your mind is completely empty as you face the blank empty document on your word processor or blog text editor. Another one is when you’re half way of writing something and then your mind ceases to develop what you have written and you tend to construct utterly useless sentences that only you could understand but not your readers.


Writer’s block comes from various sources, possibly from everything around you and in your mind. Your physical state of body might be tired, your mind might be filled with too many thoughts and you just can’t focus. Even too much background noise would upset your writing mood.


There are a few things that you can do to overcome writer’s block. But the easiest way out is to identify what causes the writer’s block. You need to know what stopped you from being creative. You must find the source of the problem and rectify from there.

If your mind is too tired to think, then take a break off from writing. Have a good rest and come back when you’re ready with a fresh mind. If there’s too much noise in the morning when you’re writing, then adjust for a different timing to write – write at night when the atmosphere is more peaceful.

You can also browse through other blogs on the Internet, read what others have written and develop some ideas from there. This doesn’t mean copying what others have written, but rather thinking of what are the points that others have discussed and have your own say by writing in your own words. This will keep it original in your view of the story.

Sometimes doing things other than writing might just be a good way to generate some ideas. Ideas might come out of nowhere while you are cycling at the park, reading newspapers, listening to music or even surfing the Internet. Thinking about writing itself can be stressful, so do things that can remove your stress.

If you have some ideas but not sure of how to develop them in your writing, jot them down in a notebook or scrap book and use them later. You never know how useful they can be once your mind is ready with words ready to flow.


In essence, it is basically finding what works for you and perhaps indulging yourself with activities that are not just focused on writing. Always take a break when your mind is not ready to write and don’t force yourself as it will likely not to work.