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6 Ways You Can Overcome Writer’s Block Right Now

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Here at NaNoWriMo HQ, we’re gearing up to start our next Camp NaNoWriMo event in April. If you haven’t written anything in a while, this is a great excuse to jump back into the habit! Today, writer and blogger Joel Syder is here with a few tips to help you overcome writer’s block if you’re feeling stuck:

As a writer, it’s inevitable that sooner or later you’re going to come up against what is known as writer’s block. As a writer myself, I went two years without coming across this taboo concept, but alas, one day I awoke and found myself staring at a blank word document with absolutely no ideas or any clue on what to say.

This drought lasted months. Of course, I was able to complete client work or other projects where I had guidance or templates to work with, but when it came to my personal writing, I just couldn’t seem to put pen to paper.

After trying basically everything I could, after advice from writer friends to online advice, I found several ways to help overcome it. Some worked. Some didn’t. Today, we’re going to explore some of the more successful methods, helping you to overcome your writer’s block.

1. Have a schedule.

When I started out, I used to write whenever I wanted at all hours of the day. It was typically when inspiration struck. However, this developed the bad habit of becoming increasingly undisciplined and without focus.

“By developing myself a writing schedule, all the ideas would flood to me throughout the day (which I would only make a note of), but then when I sat down to write, I had focus and my mind knew it was time to get words down on paper,” shares Tina Hardy, a book editor for WriteMYX and Brit Student.

2. Don’t beat yourself up.

Suffering from writer’s block can be demoralizing, and it’s easy to think there’s something wrong with you, or you should be doing better than this. Nevertheless, the harder you are on yourself, the worse the writer’s block will be.

Go easy on yourself. As I said before, my writer’s block lasted for months, and it was easy to think it was all my fault. However, the more I relaxed, the easier writing became.

3. Pressure creates diamonds.

Although some of us avoid stress and worry like the plague, having a bit of pressure to perform can bring out the best in us; just like coal can turn to diamonds, if you’re into that metaphor. Set yourself a deadline with your writing and work hard to meet it. Punish yourself with less TV time or reward yourself with a nice meal for meeting it.

“If you’re writing a new chapter or blog post, give yourself a set date that you want to complete it by, and then work out how many hours it will take, and then combine this with your schedule, so you know exactly what you’re going to write and when,” explains Terry James, a publicist for 1Day2Write and Next Coursework.

4. Juggle tasks.

Now, I’m not saying multitasking in a good idea. It lessens our focus on the tasks we’re doing, thus harming the overall quality of the piece. However, what you can do instead is focus on tasks, but juggle multiple tasks to keep your mind fresh.

Write up a draft for one task, then another, then another. Then go back to the first and keep cycling through like this. This will keep your mind fresh, and you’ll be much less likely to have writer’s block on any of your projects.

5. Let sleep be your friend.

When we sleep, our mind is actively solving problems and coming up with solutions, and this works very well for writing. Spend 15-30 minutes before you go to bed focusing on your writing, whether you’re rereading something you’ve already written, or simply jotting down notes.

When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be full of ideas on how to proceed. I found this to be one of the best ways to come up with new inspiration for my content.

6. Use technology to aid you.

Thanks to modern-day technology, there are a ton of apps and services out there that can help you overcome writer’s block. From providing you with writing prompts, to actively helping you manage your schedule, it can pay to research what’s out there to see what’s best for you.

One of my firm favorites is The Dangerous Writing App. This is a distraction-free writing website that deletes everything you’ve written if you stop writing for ten seconds over the course of three minutes. Start with an idea and then force yourself to write for this long. Read it back to get the creative juices flowing!


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Joel Syder is a writer and blogger at Originwritings.com and Academicbrits.com. He enjoys helping people to write the book they’ve been dreaming of, as well as creating articles about things that excite him for PhD Kingdom, academic service.

Top photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

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6 Reasons You Should Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (Even If You’re Not a Writer)

Camp NaNoWriMo is happening soon! Today, we have the pleasure of reposting this article from blogger Rebekah Joan about reasons to participate in Camp, even if writing isn’t your jam:

Every April and July, writers from across the globe participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. They pick up their pens (or open up their laptops) and go on an adventure-filled journey.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing competition (against yourself + time). No one gets first place, but if you hit your word count, you “win.” You have an entire month (either April or July) to write your way to the end of your story.

With Camp NaNoWriMo right around the corner, writers are gearing up with plots, outlines, character sheets, and all the motivation they can find.

But what’s the point? And why should you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo—even if you aren’t a writer?

1. You get prizes.

That’s right. Even if you don’t win, you can get some sweet deals on writing software, etc. from the Camp NaNoWriMo sponsors. While Camp NaNoWriMo doesn’t have quite so many offers as the November event, there’s still plenty to keep you motivated.

2. You get to join a community.

When you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, you’re put into a cabin with a handful of other writers. It makes for a great support group. You can share writing prompts, encourage each other, and make some new friends along the way.

If you’re looking for a cabin full of enthusiastic writers, you can search on the “Finding Cabin Mates” forum. Cabins can hold up to 20 people!

This article here explains the details of joining a Camp NaNoWriMo cabin.

3. Camp NaNoWriMo forces you to set a routine.

If there’s one thing writers have learned from NaNoWriMo, it’s that you can’t win unless you set aside time to write. There are plenty of ways to make time to write, like getting up early in the morning, writing in the in-between times of your day, or actually scheduling time for it.

You have to find what works for you.

Setting a routine in your day will help you to boost your productivity. Everyone needs a bit of structure in their life, and Camp NaNoWriMo is a great place to get it from. Whenever I give myself structure in my day, I get way more done, I’m happier with myself, and I feel way more satisfied about how my day went.

4. You can boost your creativity.

Some people hate writing. Absolutely, totally despise it. And you know what? I used to be the same way too—until I tried my hand at creative writing. Now I love it in every form! You just have to get past what school taught you to hate. Writing (or any creative process, really) is a great way to explore your imagination, de-stress, and learn things about yourself that you didn’t know.

And for those afraid of Writer’s Block, there are plenty of ways to get rid of it:

  • Having an outline will give you a clear path on what to write.
  • The Amazing Story Generator will give you endless (and fun) prompts + ideas.
  • Skipping to a different scene can get your brain moving.
  • A change of scenery can help boost productivity + clear your mind of cobwebs.

5. You can get excited about something.

When was the last time you got excited about something? Like, REALLY excited? Starting your own writing project will give you bursts of inspiration, giddy thoughts about creating backstories, and tons of excitement. Plus, you get to be a part of a community of thriving writers.

Now that’s something to get excited about.

6. You get to set your own goal.

Here’s the thing:

NaNoWriMo has very few rules, but the most important one is that you write 50K words in 30 days.

Camp NaNoWriMo is different.

Instead of having a terrifyingly high target word count assigned to you, you get to choose your own. As I’m working on this blog + freelance writing + starting married life, I set mine at 20,000 words. That’s less than 1,000 a day. Anyone can do that. You can do that.

So what do you say?

Are you ready to jump on in and join Camp NaNoWriMo this time around?


Rebekah Joan is a lifestyle and travel blogger. She’s also a fiction writer, a photographer, a NaNoWriMo fanatic, a pizza lover, and a freelance writer. You can follow her blog at www.rebekah-joan.com.

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