• Han Butler

10 Sure-fire Ways To Get Rid Of Writers Block

Updated: Sep 17, 2019


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Whether you're a blogger, an author or a journalist, we all face a certain amount of pressure to deliver high quality content regularly. Sometimes, however, it's just not possible. As a writer, there's nothing more frustrating than when we are facing writers block, yet still have to publish content. I, personally, am not proud of a single piece of my work that stemmed from my writers block; they all lack passion and heart. Over the last 7 years, I've been able to pick up tips and tricks on how to get rid of my writers block, and since sharing is caring, I'm going to let you in on what works!


10 SURE-FIRE WAYS TO GET RID OF WRITERS BLOCK


FORGET YOUR READERS


Whether you have 5 readers or 5 million, thinking about your readers whilst you're trying to write makes the act daunting and stressful. It's so important to not think about how people may react to your content, especially when writing the first draft. There's always going to be someone who doesn't like your style, or doesn't agree with your opinions - it's inevitable. Which is why you have to forget they exist whilst you're writing; because, at the end of the day, you're not writing for them, you're writing for you.


If you're writing something that may receive backlash, or something that may be politically incorrect - write it anyway, get your feelings out, write it with emotion and passion. Once you have it all written down then, and only then, should you go through it and amend the aspects that you think you should be made more reader-friendly. Just don't overthink it.


DON'T SCHEDULE POSTS


Scheduling posts is very popular within the blogger world, and for good reason; it's a huge help when you have a lot on your plate. However, you can't schedule emotion and passion. I've found, from experience, that scheduling my posts in advance can really suck the joy out of writing and that's how writer's block starts.


LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE


Reading the same blogs, the same books, watching the same shows and going to the same places - will stop fueling your writing eventually. It's important to keep those creative juices flowing and you can't do that by staying inside your comfort zone. You may be surprised where you can find new inspiration: read blogs that aren't a part of your niche; read a book that isn't from your preferred genre; take a walk through a different park; visit an art gallery; walk around a high-end shop that you can't afford to shop at.


A CHANGE OF SCENERY


When I'm writing, I tend to sit on the couch with my usual playlist on in the background - but sometimes doing the same thing every day and staring at the same four walls, doesn't give me the inspiration I need to write. When that happens, it's always a good idea to have a change of scenery. Step away from your usual work station, and go some place that gets you away from your norm. If you're going some place outdoors, take your notebook with you and then you can type up your fabulous writing when you get home!


FORGET PERFECT GRAMMAR


Grammar is important, obviously, but stop putting so much pressure on yourself to be perfect. We all make mistakes when writing, especially if we're typing fast, but there's plenty of time to edit. It's always wise to have another person proof read your work before publishing, because proof reading it successfully ourselves can often be close to impossible to do, as we tend to read our work how it's supposed to be without noticing the minor errors.


So enlist someone's help to give it a once over before you publish it; it could be a friend, a family member, or even a fellow member of the writing community online.


USE SOCIAL MEDIA


Have a quick look through Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, you're bound to find ideas and inspiration. However, I wouldn't recommend spending any longer than an hour at a time on there; we're all aware how easy it is to get swept up in social media for hours and that'll only assist your writers block - not stop it.


DON'T OVERTHINK YOUR INTRO


Intro's are often the hardest part to write, there's a lot of pressure attached; after all, an intro can either make or break a body of work. But I want you to forget about the intro. Just stop thinking about it and write out the rest of your work as you were going to. Then you can do your intro. Writing an intro comes much more natural when you're introducing a piece you've already written.


READ YOUR OLD WORK


When you have writers block it's so easy to forget how much of an amazing writer you are. So to remind you that your talent hasn't suddenly disappeared, reread your old pieces of work that you're most proud of. Then keep rereading them until you remember that your incredible ability is still in there - it just got a bit lost.


SEARCH TOPIC IDEAS


Sometimes it's not that we're lacking inspiration, it's that we're lacking ideas. An easy fix to this, would be to simply search online for topics to write about. If you're a blogger: there are a vast amount of bloggers out there that have published lists of blog post ideas. If you're an author: search for writing prompts, they often begin a chain reaction of ideas. If you're a journalist: talk to ordinary people online; go outside and talk to businesses and organisations - there are plenty of interesting stories all around you, you just have to find whats newsworthy.


BE YOU

I can guarantee you, that your passion for writing will plummet if you're concentrating on being like other writers. Your favourite bloggers, authors, etc. aren't popular because they're the same as all the others, they're popular because they're their authentic selves. There's only one of you in this world, so stop trying to be like someone else. You're amazing. Let you shine through.


You have my tips, now go and kick some writer's-block ass!

. . .


Love, Han


xo



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