So you have writers block and you don’t know what to do about it. You are not alone, a lot of people suffer from writers block. Even the most famous of writers admit to having difficulty beginning or continuing a piece of work from time to time.
There are various strategies you can employ to tackle the problem. Here are a few you might want to try if and when you hit a block.
- Write down ideas and phrases as they come to you. This could be when you are in the middle of doing something other than writing. You can always refer back to them when you are ready to sit down and write.
- Create outlines, charts, and flow charts. It doesn’t always have to be words that inspire you and get you started.
- Try brainstorming; writing down everything about the subject that comes to mind. At this point it doesn’t matter what order your lines are in. Some may end up being deleted, but other parts you will want to keep.
- Start at the middle or end of the piece instead of the beginning. Every story, article or manual has a beginning, middle and end, but you don’t have to write starting at the beginning.
- When you are trying to find the perfect words stop and say to yourself: What I really mean is…and just write it down. You can refine the phrasing later.
- Put an interview cap on and ask your characters questions about themselves as if you are having a conversation with a friend or someone you are trying to get to know for the first time.
- Talk over your story, article or paper with a trusted friend or use a recording device and talk away. You can listen to the tape later and decide if there is anything worth writing down.
There are many other strategies you can try when you have difficulty writing. Talking to fellow writers, teachers and colleagues may help you to discover more tips that will help you with your writers block.