That feeling when you can’t write any more. The agony of rocking back and forth, searching the archives of your mind for the next sentence.
As a writer, I’ve felt this many, many times. And if you write, I’m sure you’ve felt it too. It’s that dreaded thing called writer’s block. It’s when the ambitions, ideas, and inspirations that drove you to start that book suddenly wave, say adios, and sail down the road. They leave you stranded with no way to go forward and no way to go back.
Yeah. Depressing, right?
Okay. Different people react in different ways. If you’re like me, you shut your computer off, bang your head against the wall, and vow never to try to write again. If you are one of those people blessed with patience, you sit at your desk and stare at the page, urging your brain to think of something amazing and creative that will give you the boost to keep going. Or you might just turn to stress eating and lock your computer away until you can think of some new hobby.
No matter how you react, you are all faced with the exact same problem. The empty page. The unfinished sentence. So it doesn’t matter how you react. What matters is that you overcome it.
The first time I had writer’s block, I thought that I could never write anything worth reading. I was consumed with the idea that good writers never feel writer’s block. That professional writers always have inspiration and never sit at their computer or notepad feeling completely lost.
I was wrong. Imagine my surprise when I found out that every single writer in the history of the world has experienced writer’s block or something closely resembling it. And I realized something else. There are ways to recover your inspiration and renew the flow of words that you thought was dried up.
Everybody’s different, so I don’t expect the things that work for me will work for everyone. But I still want to share some things that help me when I experience writer’s block while writing a fictional story of some kind.
- Write down your basic plot from start to finish. Laying down all the plot twists and cliffhangers helps you get a grip on your story.
- Have a trusted friend read your story and share ideas. A different perspective can give your inspiration something to think about.
- Take the time to completely empty your mind, and leave your story to fix itself. Giving yourself a few days rest (even a few weeks) helps give your inspiration some time off and charges you with more energy to start again.
Just a few ideas. Try them out and see if they work. A lot of times reading a book or watching an interesting movie will help give you some ideas of what makes up an interesting plot.
Hope your inspiration is doing well!