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With a deadline just around the corner and an empty page in front of you, the idea of beginning a new project can haunt any writer. So what do you do to combat these gut-wrenching tasks? Don’t be scared away. You have all that tools you need, you just have to learn how to use them.
By this time, you’re most likely feeling frustrated and drained. Sitting around staring at a blank computer screen is only further hindering your creative thought process. So, stop writing and get up and explore a change of scenery. Go to a park and people watch, visit a new café or coffee shop, or just take a walk and get some fresh air. All this will get your blood moving, defuse home distractions, and help clear up those eerie empty thoughts and spark that magical process of writing.
There are plenty of tools you can use to fight off your spine-chilling case of writer’s block. Now, the only trick is to figure out which technique will work best for you. Brainstorming is an approach to thinking that allows you to better understand and develop what you’re going to be writing about.
Free writing is a chance to just put anything and everything down on paper that you could be thinking about. Thinking, “I don’t know what to write…” then write that until you think of something to write. Try setting a time limit or a word count/page number to write to till you reach your goal. This is helpful in clearing your mind and getting all of your thoughts down on paper so that you can better analyze the material you have to work with.
A word web is useful in helping to think of new and creative words that will help in connecting other words to one another. For example, if you’re brainstorming for a Halloween-themed article, write the word, “Halloween” in the center of your page. You should then start thinking about the words that are associated with “Halloween” and link them in circles around it. Some examples might be: “trick or treat”, “pumpkin”, “witches”, “haunted”, “black cats”, “holiday”, etc. Do this for about 5 minutes until you have developed a substantial list of ideas.
An outline is one of the last steps of planning to help ease your writer’s block. It is like a skeleton, connecting each section of the body of your writing together to make it cohesive. This assists a writer in organizing the topics and ideas into a general plan as a guide to writing a successful piece of content. An outline should contain a body for your introduction, body paragraphs (three or more), and a conclusion. Once you build the basic concept for what each paragraph will be about, you can then begin to flesh out the details. This outline should help with even the most bloodcurdling forms of writer’s block.
Even during your darkest of days, a writer can overcome a case of writer’s block. Just with a few helpful weapons, what was once a chilling monster in the shadows is now more clearly seen as a coat-rack in the corner. Remember, that stressing over the task of writing is not going to help your productivity. Your ideas are there, you just need to step away, use some new tools, and you will be able to uncover them.