Imagine this. You’ve made the time to sit down and write your book only to find you’re sitting in from of a blank page, waiting for inspiration to strike. Writer’s block is a frustrating part of being an author. Can you beat it, and if so, how?
I’ve done a lot of work in the personal development field. I believe writer’s block stems from a disconnection with either your book or yourself.
Maybe your outline isn’t clear or detailed enough. Perhaps the sequence of events needs tweaking. Maybe you doubt you’re any good at writing.
We’ve all been there, so you’re not alone.
A disconnection with your book could be a lack of direction about where your story is heading or how it will end. Maybe the flow doesn’t make sense. It should take the reader on a journey from A to B either in their own life (non-fiction) or through the main character (fiction).
Disconnecting from yourself comes from worry and limiting beliefs.
- What will people think?
- Who am I to write a book?
- I’m not good enough as a writer
You get the picture.
It’s merely your ego coming in to play to keep you safe and try to protect you from any perceived rejection. Acknowledge it and move on.
Your book isn’t about you. It’s about your reader. Your only job as a writer and author is to make it the best possible experience they can have.
Stephen King talks about writing for the bin in his book On Writing. It’s a technique he uses to get all his thoughts and ideas onto the page, safe in the knowledge that no-one is going to read it because it’s going in the bin.
Your first draft is supposed to suck. The editing process is where it gets polished and refined.
Here are five things you can do to get back into the creative flow and overcome writer’s block.
1. Writing Prompts
These are statements or ideas of things you can write about. They’re usually unrelated to your topic, designed solely to help you connect with your creativity.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Write about a childhood memory that makes you smile
- Explain your favourite season in detail
- Describe a simple pleasure
2. Ask Questions
Whenever I get stuck, I ask an open-ended question. I go into more detail about this process in my free eBook. Open-ended questions start with what, when, where, how, and which, and are answered with more than just yes or no. They expand the mind to explore all possible solutions.
3. Take a Break
Sometimes taking a short break is all you need to clear your mind. Go for a walk, make a cup of tea, or listen to some music. Do something that doesn’t require you to think. Relax and let your mind rest for a few minutes. When you back to writing, you’ll feel more refreshed.
4. Create a Routine
A writing routine involves things you regularly do before you sit down to start writing. It allows your subconscious mind to prepare to write and be creative. It could be something simple like:
- Turn the computer on.
- Go make a coffee.
- Start writing.
5. Connect with Your Passion
Sometimes you just need to be reminded what it feels like to be passionate and experience the inspirational sparks it can generate. Connect with the reason you’re writing your book. Why did you choose your topic? How will it help others? What do you hope to achieve with your book?
Immerse yourself in your topic. Talk to other people who have a similar interest. Listen to a podcast. Read a book or blog to get a different perspective.
I hope these ideas help you to understand writer’s block a little better so you can beat it. Feel free to share this post with a friend or comment below with your ideas to overcome writer’s block.
Cheers to your writing success!