How do you make writers block go away ?

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How do you make writer's block go away?

Creativity is gone, your muse refuses to speak to you and all you have is blank paper. A deadline is looming over your head and you have no idea what to do. Writer's block has struck again and left you out in snow in the middle of December. There's a cure and you don't have to fly to Paris or spend any money to get back to work.



So...what is writer's block?

I believe that writer's block (creative block, etc.) is your brain screaming at you "This isn't what they wanted!" Or, "You're doing something wrong and I won't let you work until you fix it!" You know that something is wrong with your work. Maybe you aren't following the guidelines of that article, or that short story took an unexpected turn. Either way you know it's broken and you need to fix it. Before that deadline goes whooshing by.

How do you make writer's block go away?



Step 1: Take a break.

Get away from that computer/ project for a little bit. Go get a cup of coffee/tea/whatever. Walk your dog, do your taxes, it doesn't matter. Just do something else. Binge on Netflix for three hours if you think it'll help. Just don't think about what you have to write. Taking a break can be refreshing and it can help you look at your project at a new angle.

Step 2: New angle.

Take a new look at it, how can you write this scene in a new way? How can you make this paragraph come to life? Where did you go off track? Delete everything up until that point. It's useless rambling garbage that you didn't want to write in the first place. That scene didn't come out right, that paragraph is crap and you know it. So scrap it. If you don't you'll never be able to ignore the words on that page. They will keep you from figuring out what you should do next.

Step 3: What's next?

Now you remember what you have to do. What was the next scene supposed to have in it to progress the story? Look over notes and guidelines to remind you where you're taking your article/blog post/whatever the hell it is. Once you have a good idea where you're supposed to go with the project, you can go on to step four.

Step 4: Rewrite.

My fingers hurt as I type that word, no writer wants to rewrite anything. Especially anything of length, but that's what writing is. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. When you can write a 10,000-word short story, decide its garbage and write it again without flinching, you're doing well for yourself.

Writer's block isn't a huge problem, people make it out to be worse than it actually is. It's just your brain telling you you're off track and trying to coax you to get back on track. Take a break, find a new angle, figure out what's next, and rewrite. You don't have to set aside your manuscript or do something you don't like to do to make it go away. Just approach it like the problem it is, step by step and you'll be back to work in no time.

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