Writer's Block: How To Deal

It happens to everyone. No matter how long we brainstorm, meditate, or just stare at our keyboard; at some point, we all suffer from writer's block. These extremely frustrating periods of zero productivity can be caused by any number of things -- lack of motivation, anxiety, analysis paralysis, stress, fatigue; the list goes on. When you're in the throes of a creative funk, getting out of it seems impossible. But there are some simple things I have found that help get your brain cogs spinning again.

Rest up but not too much
Sleeping too much or too little can cause a block. Too much sleep can lead to hazy thinking and too little can lead to the exact same problem. It's no surprise weird sleeping habits have a major effect on your cognition and ability to write. So aim for the average 7 to 8 hours a night.

Change your environment
Whether you need noise to stay focussed or complete silence, things going on around you could be interfering with your concentration. Any element that you identify as a distraction needs to be dealt with or avoided completely. 

Avoid perfection
When you're experiencing writer's block, your initial drafts may suck -- but its fine because it's a draft. Your goal is to write anything. Don't over analyse or critique, just write! If the outcome isn't great you can always edit again later.

Cut out distractions
A majority of us now have more than just background noise as distractions that keep us from creating. Yes, I'm talking social media! All those alerts and constant "blips" can make writing less efficient and interrupt workflow. So turn all that shit on silent and focus!

Set a schedule
Writing on your own time means you can set any sort of schedule you want but if there's no real structure to your work process, you could be doing more harm than good. Set specific times for work and breaks to keep yourself on a good productive track.

Read something
Reading opens your brain up to new ideas and topics. What you read doesn't have to be profound but chances are the more you read the more you'll be able to think of something to write about.

Use your voice
If you're having trouble getting thoughts on paper, just think about how you would describe those ideas or thoughts in a conversation. Most people try to be a little more technical or verbose when writing, which doesn't exactly help with a block. Use your voice and your words.

How do you cope with writer's block? Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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