5 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block


WRITER'S BLOCK: THE BANE OF ALL WRITERS.

I've been going through some serious writer's block recently with LITERALLY ALL my WIPs. Here are a few tips that have been working for me recently - I hope some of these can help you. :)


1. Focus on character development. All of your main characters should develop throughout the story. Map out what each MC is like at the beginning and what you want them to be like at the end, then outline events that could propel or help that development.


2. Look through old ideas. For every good idea or successful story that emerges from a writer's brain, there are at least ten failed attempts. Search through characters or plot ideas you've thrown away in the past. Is there anything or anyone that has the potential to be changed into something awesome?


3. Talk out loud. This one may feel a bit silly, but it works for me every time. Pretend you're talking to (or actually call up!) a close friend, then outline out loud each of your characters, their motivations, and the main storyline. I find that this technic often acts to loosen the clogging in my brain and let new ideas bubble out.


4. Go for a walk. I KNOW, I KNOW. You've probably heard this one ten billion times before. And you hate exercise. But even if it's just a stroll around the block, scientific studies have shown that walking helps to release chemicals in your brain that stimulate creativity.


5. Change your environment. If you're writing in your bedroom, go downstairs and type at the kitchen counter, or make your way outside and sit in your backyard. Also, changing what you're writing with can help - if you've been writing in Google Docs, continue in Word, or manually jot down a few scenes in a notebook. It's amazing the difference these refreshing changes can make.

So, let's chat! Have you been suffering from writer's block lately? How do you get over it? Comment below, and have an amazing day, you beautiful pickle, you. :)

Namarië,
Ellie

26 comments:

  1. these are some seriously helpful tips. i think that i definitely need to keep number 1 in mind xx

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    1. Thank you! :) My grandma gave me that suggestion a few weeks ago.

      Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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  2. These are helpful tips. I never have problems with putting thoughts into words - it comes so naturally - I mostly have difficulties with continuing the story when I get a bit stuck as to what the characters do next right in the middle, and also with plotting. I read a very good book on how to write called Spilling Ink.

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    1. DUDE THAT IS EXACTLY ME. I'll have to check it out!

      - Ellie

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  3. Great tips! Will keep these in mind next time I run into a block. Thanks Ellie!

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  4. These tips are incredibly helpful. I'll keep them all in mind, especially number one. :)
    ~ Suzy

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    1. Thanks! That's my favorite :)

      - Ellie

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  5. I love those writer problem pictures. lol. they're so true it hurts. haha. anyhow. thanks for the tips! I feel like I perpetually have writers block; but I'll try to remember these :)

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    1. DUDE SAME. I'm glad you liked them!

      - Ellie

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  6. I don't write stories cause I have no skill, but hey. If I ever decide I want to become an author, I know where to go. 'Cause these tips are pro.

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  7. These are such excellent suggestions. Taking walks and talking my problems over with people are my two biggest fixes. My poor sister hears far too much about my books when I'm stuck. But she's so good at helping me fix problems. I think there's also something about forcing yourself to verbalise exactly what the problem is that helps you pinpoint it and figure out what exactly it is you need to fix, which clears writer's block so well!

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    1. Thank you! My poor friends go through the same :)

      - Ellie

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  8. Having writers block right now. I think a walk might help actually.

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  9. Great tips and neat post!! I'll definitely have to bookmark this page for future reference. :D

    Sophia xx
    theinkpotgirl.blogspot.com
    lantern-in-her-hand.blogspot.com

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  10. OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE TIPS. Anywho, I've tagged you to do The Text Tag! I hope you get around to do this tag.

    anna | http://www.the-impossible.com/2016/04/the-text-tag.html

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    1. AHH I'M GLAD YOU LIKED THEM. I've got it up, thank you again for tagging me! :)

      - Ellie

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  11. These are all great ideas! Writers block can be really difficult too overcome, so these ideas are really useful ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  12. I don't writer's block per-say, but I've only been able to write 200 words a day for the past month, AND IT'S SO ANNOYING ARRGHHH.
    These tips were really helpful! Thanks :D

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    1. UGH YOU POOR THING. *gives you cookies* Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Talk Out loud one really helped. And taking a walk. Thanks!

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