Here are ten simple suggestions to guide you when, “writer’s block,” and other obstacles occur.
Have faith in yourself!
You know the saying by Henry Ford, "If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!"
What we say to ourselves is important. Remember back when you did well at something. I’m sure there were stumbling blocks to overcome, you pushed through and it happened.
If you hit that spot again, remind yourself of your past successes.
Sometimes, starting a project or writing a story is hard but it won’t happen until you start.
Even if you start with fifteen minutes a day, it's better than not writing anything at all.
The good news is, once you begin, you may not want to stop.
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain
Create a specific schedule to write each day. When are you the most productive? In the morning or evening? Notice when you are full of ideas and use that time the best to your ability.
Follow a routine.
Once you figured out when your ideas come, create a routine to write. Stick to your plan every day.
Morning seems the best for me. Afternoon or evening may work for you. Once you create a routine, it will turn into a habit.
Look at photos, magazines, or view splendid paintings and art. If you're writing on a certain subject, surround yourself with something that pertains to your writing. If you're writing a novel, listen to music from that period of time.
Does an idea come to mind? A notion? A feeling?
"One picture is worth ten thousand words." Chinese Proverb
Don’t be shy to ask for help!
Visit with a friend, family member, or a writers group for their insights. Many times they will catch something. We’re so close to what we've written, it's hard for us to see.
Try and keep an open mind to what feedback others can give.
Take a break.
Go for a walk or do your favorite exercise. Work on your favorite hobby.
Sometimes, getting away from where you write, is all you need to get past where you’re stuck.
Break your work into segments.
Giving attention to the whole story can be daunting. Break it into parts and concentrate on just that.
Check out different words that will inspire you to finish an idea.
Research a topic to complete that section.
Trust your gut instincts!
Have you ever written a sentence or segment you can’t get past that nagging sense something isn’t right? Either try to change it, or cut parts out of your story. For me, sometimes removing words or sections have been my best choice.
Never Give Up!
Last, but not least, never give up! Keep going!
What suggestions do you have for when you’ve hit an obstacle?
Leave a comment below to share your ideas.
As always, happy reading and writing!