Writer’s Block No More: Preemptive Tactics to Keep Ideas Flowing

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If there’s one thing that a writer wants to avoid, it’s unproductivity. Well, most writers have fallen victim to what many call writer’s block.

Good news. Although there is no way to avoid off days, there are ways to keep them few and far between.

Keep notes.

Write down every idea that comes to your mind. Don’t be selective. There are ideas that seem lame at first, but who knows? You might just need the right perspective to expound on the topic in the future.

Exercise.

Sitting all day is not good for your writing. In fact, it can really slow your brain down, as well as your body. So, get up and move around a little. Do some basic stretching or go to yoga classes to get your blood flowing. Regular exercise will help you think.

Keep track of nutrients in your body.

Your body needs food in order to function properly, and so does your brain (which, after all, is part of your body). Give it the kind of food it needs by eating a balanced diet daily. Watch your water intake too; make sure you are drinking enough.

Eradicate distractions.

You may think you’re fine with working with all that clutter in your room, but it can have an effect on the way you think. Keeping your workspace clean and well organized can bring out brilliant ideas from the corners of your mind. But, if you can’t work in your own place, try going out. Find a place that stimulates your creativity.

Extend your creativity to other things.

Although it seems counterintuitive, giving too much attention to what you are writing can drain your brain. Give it a break by taking up other hobbies or visiting places that inspire you, like galleries and museums.

Retain comfortable and beneficial habits.

Listen to music if it helps you to think clearer. Engage in meditation if it calms your mind. Don’t cross out the habits that increase your focus.

Read a book.

Take a break from writing by reading a book. If you really want to excel in writing, gather ideas from other authors. Study how authors play around with the elements of a novel or a short story. Study and learn. Mastery will come later.

Not all ideas listed above may be helpful to you, but you can try each for a period of time before settling on the one that works best for you.

Good luck!

 

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD