Do you ever find yourself stuck in rut and unable to move on from a creative block. It happens to all of us at some point. Some more than others and that’s okay, it is natural to experience it at times. Sometimes you can be left feeling empty and completely lost for ideas and unsure where to go next. Inspiration will drift away but it WILL come back so don’t worry. Below I discuss a few tips to help you overcome creative writers block.
Firstly, it would be a great idea to understand why people get writers block, which could be a number of different reasons:
- Excessively harsh self- criticism
- High standards
- Too much distraction
- Imposter Syndrome (fear of rejection)
- Being too busy (fear of not having enough time)
- Lack of structure or not knowing where to start
Always carry a notebook to scribble notes
Carrying a notebook or some paper with you wherever you go is extremely helpful as you can jot down notes or any ideas that you get at the spur of the moment. There has been many times where I have had something I can write down some ideas to come back to later and there has been times where I haven’t been able to jot it down and I have regretted not taking a notebook as it is so easy to get lost into something else and forget. Every time I leave the house now, I always have some paper and a pen just in case. Let’s be honest, we always need paper when we don’t have it so this is the time to get organised and be prepared.
Work in a comfortable environment
When working somewhere that is not comfortable or just not a great place to work, lets be honest its not going to be a productive session. When choosing a safe and calming environment you need to look out for these different things; is it warm enough but not too warm, are there too many distractions, it is comfortable and cosy, is it accessible, is the timing of when and where you go fit your schedule well, does it have enough of the facilities that you need for your work session and so on. When picking a setting to work, you need to make sure it is somewhere good for you and is it going to be somewhere where you know you will get a lot of work done. This could be a cafe, a local study room, the library etc.
Don’t be afraid to step away
Don’t be scared to stake a short break away from the project you are doing. You may think that you will lose inspiration or motivation instantly but I can guarantee you, it can be so helpful for you to refresh your mind and then get into the right mindset to focus again for when you come back to it. So go set yourself time for a break, make a cup of tea and go for a walk or do something completely off topic to what you were doing.
Sleep on it when you can
If you are incredibly stuck and you find yourself just repeating yourself and going around in the same circle then go take a bath, relax, leave a notebook by your bed for any ideas and get some sleep. Sleeping on it can really help refresh your mind.
Look for inspiration
This is my number one favourite tip. I always admire looking for different ideas and inspiration to get creative with. This always leaves me feeling really open minded and opens many doors for creative space. You can find inspiration on many websites like pinterest or we heart it or even in unusual places that you wouldn’t expect to find ideas. Such as magazines, books, the internet, articles, general conversations. Sometimes you can even come up with new ideas by just having a walk outside in nature.
Set yourself a project and stick to a routine
Set yourself some goals that you would like to achieve. This could be finishing a task, researching somewhere for inspiration or creating a realistic to-do-list. Setting yourself some small achievable goals will help you feel keep focus on what you are doing which will then keep you motivated to push through to get it done.
Plan, plan, plan
Having a good plan and brainstorm will help jot down any ideas, make you feel less worried and it will help you get started on whatever project you are working on. By spending 10 minutes to brainstorm, it can help you get together lots of ideas and alternatives to choose from which will definitely help with writers block. Also having a good few minutes to research the topic and putting those ideas into your brainstorm will definitely help too. Then moving on from your brainstorm, you can have a good idea about where to go next and start planning and making a structure of your piece of work.
So now we have looked at why we feel we have creative writers block and a few tips to overcome it, which I hope may help.