What to Do When You Have Writer’s Block
Lately, I’ve had the misfortune of suffering from writer’s block. I never had much trouble finding inspiration wherever I went, but for the past few months, I’ve found myself unable to do anything creative. I’ve felt like I’ve been fighting for every word that I write, and ideas have been practically nonexistent. I’m slowly working myself out of that rut, and I thought that I would share some tips on what to do when you feel like you have writer’s block.
Reread your favorite books.
Books have always been the most important thing in my life. Ever since I first finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I’ve rarely been found without a book. My first step to finding my creative inspiration once more was to reread all of my favorite books like Harry Potter, The Magicians, and The Hunger Games – books that have always made me want to create my own world and see what fun things I can do with it. I highly recommend revisiting your favorite books.
Give yourself some time off.
If you’re feeling uninspired, then don’t force yourself to try to work through it. That’s what I tried to do, and it only made things worse. There was so much stress in my life from my job and my personal life, and forcing myself to try to be creative on top of all of those things just lead to me burning out and being unable to do anything, creative or otherwise. So if you’re feeling uninspired, just let it go. Veg out on the couch and watch Netflix for a bit. Take however long you need, and then slowly ease yourself back in.
Work toward goals, not deadlines.
There’s nothing worse for writer’s block than a strict deadline. If you can, take your time and get your work done when you are ready; it will be a lot easier to get things written. Set a goal. It can be a project you want to complete or a number of words that you write, and try to accomplish that in a timely manner. Just remember not to rush through it.
So there are my top tips to help get rid of writer’s block. Do you have any tips of your own? Share them in the comments. Just remember that you will not feel like this forever. It will get better eventually, and your inspiration will come back to you.