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5 tips to combat writer's block

Writer's block is condition in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.

 

If you are struggling with writer's block, you are not the first person to have experienced this. Don't give up! There is help available. Certainly, I experienced this on many occasions when I was writing Journey to Wholeness. Here are my 5 tips:

 

1. Change your focus: I simply found something to distract me. I moved away from the computer or laptop and made myself a cup of green tea or did some kind of house chore. I was amazed how quickly things began to flow in my mind. I was unstoppable!

 

2. Go for an exhilarating walk: I actually found the value of simply going for a walk which helped me to think more clearly. When I was nearing the end of writing my final chapter I just couldn't think of something creative to write. So my husband and I went for a walk. We live in an area that is surrounded by steep hills. Walking up a steep hill didn't present any problems for me. This had become my routine activity. When I reached the top of the hill I began to take in the breath-taking scenery that was around me. Suddenly, I felt so inspired to write about what I had experienced.

 

3. Getting Clarity: Write down your thoughts, think aloud or have a conversation with someone. Sometimes I would use my sister or friend as a sounding board and that would give me the clarity I needed.

 

4. Keep focussed: Staying with your thoughts can also help. There are times you do need to stay with the subject and avoid distractions. Set deadlines and keep to them. Get someone who you can be accountable to and who will help you with procrastination. This will help you to keep within your time-frame.

 

5. Keep a balance. Set realistic goals for your book and give yourself permission to have time off - don't feel guilty about enjoying yourself, even though at times it may not be easy but you can train yourself to do this. 


 

 

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