If you are a writer, then you know exactly what writer’s block is. It can be frustrating, but you can get past it. Here are six ways how:
1. Write an outline.
Staring at a blank page, just running through your repeated thoughts, isn’t going to get you very far. Even if you don’t have a lot of ideas for what you are needing to write, try writing an outline of what you want to include in the work. Write down the things you want to mention in order, then go from there.
2. Only write what you feel like writing.
You may feel like you have to write your story in chronological order, but that isn’t the case. If you have the beginning of the work written but are stuck in what to write next, go ahead and write the end if you know how you want it to turn out. If you have an itch to write a specific scene in a random part of the story, write it. You might not be writing in order, but you are writing nonetheless.
3. Read what you already have.
This doesn’t always work, but it is worth a try. Maybe you have three chapters of a book but are now stuck in what to write, go read those last few chapters. You just might be inspired to continue on with a brand new idea of what to write next.
4. Take a break.
Step away from all of your writing for an hour, a day, or even a couple days if you aren’t on a deadline. Let yourself not think about it for a little while and focus on other things. When you come back, you might feel fresh with new ideas.
5. Reduce the noise around you.
Go somewhere isolated and turn off the lyrical music you are listening to. Instead, try listening to no music at all or listen to an instrumental melody.
6. Read through writing prompts.
This one is a go-to for me. You can find writing prompts all over the internet. Read through some of them. They just might give you ideas for a scene, or for a new idea in your story.