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Writer’s block is a mysterious illness that can attack the unsuspecting wordsmith at any time, regardless of whether you are a content writer, a composer of academic essays, or a best-selling author of popular fiction.
Like the common cold, there’s no magic pill that offers an instant cure for writer’s block, but there are a number of very effective therapies that can be employed to cure a bout of creative constipation. Brew up a cup of tea and try these home remedies.
Your creative brain can be likened to a muscle; it needs warming-up before it will perform to its optimum. Sometimes, the best way to kickstart the writing process is simply to write about something. Forget all about the client brief, grammar and punctuation; just write as wildly as you like about any random subject that pops into your head.
Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.
– Charles Bukowski
This mental physiotherapy can actually be quite a cathartic experience. After all, no-one’s going to review or edit your ‘work’, so for once you can be as outrageous and flamboyant in your prose as you like. Often, this liberating brain-physio is all it takes to cure writer’s block.
Best-selling Da Vinci Code author, Dan Brown takes mental physiotherapy to a whole new level by hanging upside down in order to oxygenate his brain. And whilst clearly effective for Dan, this writer’s block treatment does seem a tad extreme!
Focussing too intently on a particularly tricky topic or stressing over a looming deadline can trigger an attack of writer’s block, and sometimes taking a more holistic approach can work well.
Try filling an hour with anything other than writing. Take your dog for a walk, go to the gym, prepare a casserole; do whatever you like, as long as it doesn’t involve writing or worrying about deadlines. When you go back to your computer, you’ll probably find that your writer’s block attack has subsided and your creative mojo has returned.
If you’re working on a piece that requires the inclusion of images, try looking for those first. Sometimes, the words you’re searching for will automatically suggest themselves to you in response to a great picture.
There will be times when you are simply overflowing with brilliant ideas. Capture your thoughts for future creativity droughts and write everything down, either digitally in a special ideas folder, or go old-school with a spiral-bound notebook. On days when writer’s block flare’s up, just pick an idea from your store and off you go.
Like best-selling author, John Grisham many writers find that having a regular writing schedule prevents outbreaks of writer’s block. Rather like Pavlov’s dogs, if your brain expects to get creative during the morning, you’ll find that the ideas and words will readily come to you then. However, if you try to work in the evening, you may just find that the word reservoir has run dry.
A sure-fire creativity killer is last minute panic writing, and good time management skills are therefore essential for content writers.
Building separate research time, image sourcing time, and article planning time into your schedule will mean that these tasks don’t encroach on the time you’d budgeted for writing. This means that you won’t feel pressured when it comes to producing the actual piece itself, and you can enjoy the experience without suffering from creativity-crippling writer’s cramps.
A troublesome attack of writer’s block can be swiftly and effectively dealt with by dosing yourself with one of the aforementioned treatments. For other useful prescriptions and recuperative advice to cure the writer’s block bug, check out the Content Marketing Academy.