Cures for Writer’s Block

by A.D Paterson on 25/09/2010

If you’ve been struggling for information on writer’s block, you’re in the right place, because this is the article that you’ve been after.

In this article, we’re going to delve into ways to help you beat the block effortlessly. First up, we’re going to be discussing some of the causes of writer’s block.

Next, we’re going to be finding out about some of the problems that it can cause you.

Finally, we’re going to close with some of the ways that you can cure writer’s block. When you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll be able to plan ahead so that you will have far less of a problem if you ever do get caught with nothing more to write.

To start with, let’s look into some of the causes of writer’s block.

It is far easier to have than many people would expect, and it doesn’t all just come from a lack of ideas about what to write next. Often it can just be down to a lack of inspiration, which can quite easily happen if you only surround yourself with the work you’re doing at that moment.

You may feel that there’s something else that you should be doing before you’re able to complete the project that you’re working on, this can be distracting enough to stop the ‘creative spark’ that you need to continue your writing. Or, you may have simply ‘painted’ yourself into a corner.

This is quite an easy thing to do if you haven’t planned out what you’re trying to do. Many people take the approach of just sitting down and seeing where the writing takes them, and, all too often, it takes them up a blind alley leaving them totally blocked.

Next, we’re looking at some of the effects of writer’s block.

One of the main effects, of course, is the fact that nothing seems to get done. You sit looking at the computer screen (or anything else you may be using for your writing) for an eternity without putting down a word. Deadlines come and go, and still the screen is blank. This sort of thing has resulted in some people to develop physical illnesses, some to start to suffer from depression, and yet others to have financial problems, and even breakdowns in their relationships.

Now, it’s time for us to have a look at some of the ways that we can overcome writer’s block.

One of the first things you should do is to start with a plan. Whether it’s writing a blog post, an article to be submitted to a directory, a short story, or a novel, it’s always a good idea to have some sort of framework of how the project is going to be structured.

This article, for instance, is layed out to introduce you to the subject, to tell you what is going to be coming up, to give you a ‘cause’, an ‘effect’, and a ’cure’ for this particular subject, and then to close by recapping. The actual content is made up of a certain amount of research, and a fair amount of experience.

If you are struggling to get something written, then take a bit of time away from the writing, and try to stop stressing over it. This will give your brain time do other things and you’ll come back to the writing feeling fresher.

This one may seem a little strange, if you’re already having problems, but doing more than one project at a time can help. You may be having problems with one piece of writing, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to write about something else. Writing about other things can even give you ideas for the project that you’re having problems completing.

Get a notebook. If you carry a notebook around with you, and jot down ideas, it can help you with projects in the future. Some of the things you write down may not have a direct relationship with the subject of your writer’s block, but it can often spark a few ideas that will work.

Now, this may not be a complete and in-depth study of writer’s block and how to cure it, but hopefully having a better idea of the causes, and some of the possible cures.

What’s stopping you from banishing your writer’s block forever?

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