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How I Overcame Writer's Block

Have you ever found yourself  sitting and staring at a blank page and feeling the weight of writer’s block crushing your creativity? Well, I've been there too, and let me tell you, overcoming writer’s block was filled with twists, turns, and unexpected revelations.

   Everything for me began with acceptance. I had to remind myself that writer's block was not a sign of failure but just a natural roadblock in the creative process. Once I stopped beating myself up, I realized that understanding and embracing this block was the key to getting my words to flow freely.

     Having a change of environment worked wonders for me. Instead of being confined to my usual writing space, which was at my cluttered and disorganized desk in my studio apartment, I took my notebook and laptop outside. While being outside, I found inspiration in the most simplest things such as my neighbors arguing, dogs barking, the noise that comes from living in a big city, etc.

     Taking mindful breaks was another step I took. Rather than pushing myself to the verge of frustration, I took short walks, practiced meditation, or engaged in other creative activities. Instead of sitting and my desk and trying to push myself through frustration, these breaks really allowed my mind to rest and created space for fresh ideas. In the end, the breaks weren't just about physical rest, they were about mental rejuvenation.

     Taking short walks became a routine that allowed me to separate myself from the intensity of the writing process. During my walks, I found the freedom to let my mind wander off.

     Meditation became another important factor during my mindful breaks. Sitting in a quiet space, focusing on my breathing, and allowing thoughts to come and go without judgment acted as a reset button for my mind. I was able to discover the clarity that I needed to unravel complicated plotlines or find the perfect words for dialogue between characters.

     Getting myself into other creative activities during breaks became not only a source of joy but inspiration as well. Drawing, which I've loved since I was a child, and even experimenting with a bit of amateur photography provided a nice change of pace from the usual. These activities not only gave my writing brain a break but also encouraged my imagination.

     Freewriting also became my therapy. I would literally set a timer and let my thoughts spill onto the page without the restraints of perfection. It was therapeutic for me to see words forming without all the burden of self-critique. I learned to let go of the need for flawless drafts. Understanding that writing is a process, I gave myself permission to write imperfectly, knowing that this was just a rough draft and edits would come much later.

     Establishing a writing routine was another big factor in overcoming writer’s block. It brought a sense of discipline to my creative chaos. Knowing that I had dedicated a specific time each day for writing created a habit, making it easier to face the blank page with a sense of purpose.  Early mornings became my dedicated writing time. Living in the heart of the city, mornings were the quietest part of my day. With a steaming cup of coffee, I put my all into my writing, setting a tone for productivity. 

     Consistency was key. Whether I felt inspired or not, I showed up at my designated writing spot, which was my disorganized desk, every day. With this becoming the norm,  I was able to wipe out my resistance and make writing a non-negotiable part of my daily routine. With the act of showing up, even on days when the words didn't seem to come so easily or I just wasn’t feeling very motivated became a testament to my commitment.

     I also incorporated short breaks into my writing routine intentionally. These breaks weren't just about physical rest but mental rest, as well. Stepping away from my computer allowed my ideas to simmer in the back of my mind, leading to breakthroughs when I returned to my work.

     And last but definitely not least, another crucial step in my challenge of overcoming writer's block was connecting with fellow writers. This literally became my lifeline. Online communities, workshops, and local meet-ups provided a supportive network where I could share my struggles, seek advice, and draw inspiration from others who had faced similar challenges. So, if you're struggling with the notorious writer's block, just know that you're not alone. I strongly believe that every writer goes through it at some point. Most of our favorite authors have more than likely dealt with the words not flowing as freely as they’d like before us readers got our hands on their bestselling novel. Just learn to embrace the journey, make intentional changes, and let the words flow. The blank page is not your enemy. It’s an open canvas. Happy writing!


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