All alone

Ok, we’ve all been there. Stuck on an idea, or stuck with how to proceed with your project. Maybe you’re halfway through the outline and don’t know where to go from there. Or you’ve started writing and just can’t figure out the next scene. It happens to the best of us, and we’ve put together a list of tips that have helped us move forward when we get stuck.

  1. Try not to panic. It’s easy to get caught up in what you haven’t done, so take a minute to think about what you have done. Reread what you’ve already got on the page. Sometimes this will spark new ideas, issues to solve, or help motivate the writing process.
  2. Work on something else. This is perfectly ok. Deadlines notwithstanding, there’s nothing that says you *must* work on the same project every day. Some writers work well with singular focus, and others work better when producing multiple projects. It’s ok to be the latter – get some work done on something else that’s motivating you!
  3. Take a day off. This is another one of those “never dos” that we always suggest. One day won’t kill you, and it may help free up some ideas. Get a massage, go for a hike or swim, get out in the world. Let the ideas simmer a bit, and something fresh may come to you.
  4. Just write. Much of writer’s block, for us, comes from fear – that what you’re writing won’t work or isn’t good enough. The revision process is there for a reason! It’s ok to write the most ridiculous, nonsensical, or obvious moments – put them on the page, and they may lead to better things.
  5. Give yourself a brainstorm sessionThis can mean a few things. We suggest pen and paper rather than the computer screen, but use what works for you. Just write down a zillion different ways your project could progress. They don’t have to be perfect or even good, but one of them may help you push past your block. If it doesn’t – you’ve still written and exercised your imagination for the day, and you’ve still worked on the task at hand. Take the rest of your day to do other things, and come back refreshed the next day.

What are your never-fail writer’s block tips? Let us know over on Twitter!