Top 10 Tips to Eliminate Writer's Block
by Samantha Stone

Eliminate Writer's BlockEvery writer has had those moments where they spend an interminable amount of time staring at a blank page or computer screen, completely devoid of ideas. Writer’s block can be crippling to the creative soul, but rather than dwelling on the white space, writers should use some of their imagination in figuring out ways to snap out of that funk. There are all manner of ways to do just that, but here are just 10 that can help get the creative juices flowing once more.

Tip 1: Take the time to do a little bit of studying, by which I mean, read. Picking up a good book is a great way to look at a story that has already been done, and to think of new places where you could take it. Perhaps there’s an element of the story that you didn’t like; think about what you would do differently and commit it to the screen.

Tip 2: Just start writing the first thing that comes into your head and see where it takes you. It may end up being something that is completely unusable, but sometimes the simple act of typing get all the other writing parts moving too.

Tip 3: Instead of focusing on your story, take the time to write an article about anything that interests you. Sometimes creating a diversion in your mind can allow you to come back to your original idea with a fresh perspective.

Tip 4: The alternative to writing is not, and sometimes just stepping away from that blinking cursor will allow you the time you need to relax and focus.

Tip 5: If you have kids, ask them to come up with 4 completely unrelated objects, which you then have to tie together in a coherent tale. Trying to connect those pieces together can really kick start your brain in ways you might never have imagined.

Tip 6: If you haven’t done so already, start a blog and talk about your life as a writer. There is no need to be overly creative, and all that you have to do is to write about what you are feeling. There is no pressure there, and no deadline to meet.

Tip 7: Do a little brainstorming session with yourself, starting with writing down a title for your piece. Start to jot down words that you feel are associated with the title and start to piece them together.

Tip 8: While a lot of these tips are about reducing stress, that is something that may not work for you if it’s something that you thrive on. Set very definite deadlines for what you are writing and adhere to them.

Tip 9: Most writers labor over every word in order to make the finished piece perfect; instead of doing that, allow yourself to write stuff that would not normally pass the grade. You are going to go back and re-write anyways, so at least write something.

Tip 10: Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to write in a genre that you never thought you could. If you write romance novels, then take a stab at some outrageous horror fiction, aware that you don’t really have to follow the boundaries that you have set for yourself in your regular genre.

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