7 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

calvin-hobbes-writers-blockNo writer wants to talk about writer’s block but at some point the discussion has to happen. Let’s say it, “writer’s block” is an ugly set of words. It is a vicious vortex to be pulled into, but there are ways to combat the debilitating feeling of distress, frustration and unworthiness. So, what causes writer’s block? The likely explanations for writer’s block are innumerable: angst, a birth, a death, a divorce, an engagement, a job termination, a marriage, and a new home…any life change can be the culprit. I put a list of tips together to tackle and combat your writer’s block. I am rooting for you to keep on doing what you love—write!

1. Write! You won’t overcome your writer’s block if you don’t delve into the fray head first…or in this case pencil, pen or keys first!

2. Set deadlines and keep them! Find a writing partner or writing group and agree to hold each other accountable to deadlines.

3. Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend in this position.

4. Implement a writing schedule! Show up at the scheduled writing time and just write. Even if you are just staring at blank pages, keep your scheduled writing appointments.

5. Give yourself a vacation! Take time off when you complete a project.

6. Think of writing as a REAL profession NOT a hobby! We put words on pages instead of paint on walls.

7. Remember why you started to write! Write what you love. Write what stirs your soul. Write what you feel in your core, not what you think you should be writing or what scribble bunk you can toss together the fastest to make a buck.

Article first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

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