My Top 10 Tips for Writer’s Block
1.) Know Yourself
Create a trial week for yourself where you get to know yourself and how you perform best. Make a note of what time/times a day you feel the most creative.
Try writing first thing in the morning on a weekend, or later in the evening after work. Take note on your word count and the quality of your work. What time of day are you thriving?
Now do that same thing with the setting you’re writing in. Try writing both at a coffee shop and in the comfort of your own home. Take note on your word count and the quality of your work. Are you performing better in a public place with no distractions of cleaning the house etc?
The sooner you get to know yourself and where/when you best manage your time, you will be able to get so much more done.
Some writers I know love to write to music. I however, can not focus on writing when there are words in a song. These three audio options do not have words, and are all unique. They are also all free.
The link below is a site that is literally just the sound of rain. Who doesn’t love writing in a rainstorm?
This site below allows you to pick your favorite Harry Potter room to feel as though you’re writing in. Some rooms are more quiet then others. You can adjust the volume of different sounds in each room, such as the people talking or the pages turning. Try it out! My favorite room is the Slytherin Common Room.
Another option is to Youtube search any soundtrack such as Titanic, Passengers, Game of Thrones etc. and play that in the background when writing scenes.
3.) Tackle What’s Easiest
Manuscripts are intimidating. Look at your manuscript and figure out what is easiest to tackle first. Give yourself permission to write what may not be your best work in order to just get started!
4.) Stay in Your Lane
If you need to take a break from writing, watch a movie or read a book in the genre you are already writing.There are are podcasts, books and directors that can spark relevant creative juices. Taking a writing break is fine, as long as you come back to writing.
5.) Is It Not Flowing For a Reason?
If you’re stuck on a scene, there may be a reason.
6.) Use Your Phone Notes
Have an idea? Even if its jumbled, jot it down in the Notes App of your phone. This works better for me than paper because I feel less cluttered mentally. This way I will never lose it.
7.) Write a Scene to Mix It Up
Write a scene with the characters in your book, that may not end up in your book.
8.) What Do You Know To Be True?
We are incredibly rude to ourselves. Set a positive affirmation, put it on a post-it note and stick it by your keyboard. Everytime you open your laptop, take a deep breath and set the intention for your writing session.
9.) Time Goals
If word count goals intimidate you, try timed goals. For example, give yourself an hour. In that hour only focus on your writing and accept however much you wrote.
The Toggl chrome extension is a great way to figure out EXACTLY how long you’re writing. You are able to pause when you are distracted.This is also an amazing tool if you are self-employed to keep track of how long you’re actually focused on tasks.
Toggl chrome extension: https://chrome.google.com/
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The BeFocused app lets you set 25 min timers with a 5 min break. This is an app based on the Pomodoro technique. This is not my personal favorite, but I know a lot of people who use this. The link is below.
apple.com/us/app/be-focused- focus-timer-goal-tracker-for- work/id973130201?mt=8
10.) Create a Community
Being an introverted writer who works from home, I promise I know the struggle of creating a community of writers.
Meetup.com is a great way to meet writers and find critique groups that are held in your area.
This helps you stay accountable and surrounded by like minded people.
Let me know your best tip in the comments below!
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