GETTING OVER WRITERS BLOCK | BLOGTOBER 18

Writers block is the most frustrating thing, and it's something which all writers are likely to experience at some point. Some people will face it more frequently than others, and if you're somebody who has never experienced it and always has the next idea at the tip of your pen, I envy you a whole lot. Writers block can make your brain feel empty and and coax you into thinking that you're not such a good writer after all. But that's not how it really is. Sometimes all it takes is a little extra time to let your brain cool down and then the words will start flowing again.

I've been experiencing writers block a lot more recently than I used to. At one point not too long ago, I'd find it really easy to just sit down and let any old ideas flow out of my head and onto my paper. I was one of those lucky people who never experienced writers block. And I think the main reason for this is because I used to write wholly for myself. I didn't care who was reading my work (mainly because nobody actually was) and I didn't care what anyone thought of it. I had no expectations of myself, so I was hitting my full potential. This year I've started doing a lot more writing which isn't for myself. It's often for my readers, or for a brand, or even for another publication. Each of these types of writing mean that your work isn't as much intended for you, but for someone else, which means the pressure goes up a little. And to me, pressure and writers block go hand in hand.

Writers block is basically your brain telling you that you can't do it. It's your own mind not allowing you to form words on paper, because you've overthought the entire thing and nothing which you can conjure up feels good enough to actually write down. Lately I've been experiencing this a lot. This complete loss of my voice and inability to actually put my ideas across on paper as well as I used to. I miss the days when it felt easier to do this, so I've been trying to figure out what went wrong.

I'm not writing for me anymore. I've realised that although writing content for other people isn't a reason for writers block in itself, allowing the idea that you need to change your writing to suit other people can cause it. Sometimes I get so caught up in my in my head when I'm writing that I try to adopt different styles which just aren't me. I think the best way to beat writers block is to write in a voice which is your own and to not be swayed by what other people are doing. That may work for them. This works for me.

I gave up pushing through it. Writing can be really difficult and on some days you just don't feel like sitting down and putting words out there at all. But with any craft, I think it's important to keep pushing through. Sometimes my writers block isn't a solid wall, but is just a small barricade which I can break through with enough persistence. If your struggling to write, keep going. Try a little bit each day. If your ideas just don't feel inspiring anymore, scrap them and work on something which does make you want to keep going.


I forgot that every brain needs a break. The last point being said, I'm awful at finding a happy medium. For me it's either giving it everything or giving up entirely. As much as it's important to keep pushing through, it's also critical to know when to give your brain a break. Often my writers block will come after a spell of doing a whole bunch of really great work. It's probably more my brain saying 'I'm tired, lets stop now', than anything else. So, know when to rest and pick things up again later.

I stopped looking for inspiration. I have discovered that the best way to get rid of writers  block is to simply feed yourself on other peoples work. Keep reading books, articles, other peoples blog posts and ideas and eventually you'll begin to feel inspired again. Making sure that you read other peoples work keeps fresh ideas flowing through your mind. It definitely reminds me how to be creative and why I do what I do.

Writers block can be the worst, but it's not the end of the world. It can be disheartening and make you feel like you've lost that creative spark which you once had. But your brain is just taking a break. Those ideas will come back in full flow, ready to make up for lost time, so be ready for them.


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  1. When I have writers block I definitely like to have a little rest, and make sure I spend some time outside. It always refreshes me and makes me feel creative again xxx

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  2. Writer's block can be so, so frustrating! I think writing for yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Pushing through it can be hard when you feel stuck, but sometimes it's better than just sitting back. I feel like it really depends on where you are, a good break can also do wonders. I hope you get over the writers block and find your inspiration soon!

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    1. It definitely can! I couldn't agree more - you have to know when to push yourself and when to take a break. x

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