If you didn’t know, writer’s block can afflict every writer in the world. And it can be one of the biggest losses of productivity for writers.
This article is all about how to beat writer’s block. And this post will go through many ways on how to do so!
If you’ve ever been afflicted with it, you’ll know that it’s no laughing matter — and while it may be tempting to just ignore the problem and hope that it goes away, this is an issue that requires active extermination.
In the last few years I have been to a handful of writing courses that have concentrated on how to write sentences and stories.
And for the most part these courses have given you an amazing toolbox, one that should make all other writers envious.
Every writer should be able to write a great story or an amazing sentence because we should all be storytellers.
But I do believe there is a larger problem: we’ve got this incredible toolbox and how do we use it? It’s like those people who spend hours figuring out how to build a house; they buy all the tools and then never use them.
why the hell are you here teacher myanimelist ? Anyway, so you’ve spent hours of course on the toolbox. You get home and you get to work, you write a few sentences or maybe even a chapter or two, and then you start to feel that overwhelming sense of “I’m done”.
This is what I’m here for teacher myanimelist . Where did I go wrong? What in the world do I need to do in order to make my story shine?
1. The first thing you probably need to do is think.
Actually, it’s more than likely the first thing you need to do.
Take some time and think about everything that happened in your chapter or story so far, and everything that will happen to come.
Write down every little detail you can think of. If your story is really long, then break it down into sections and write details for each section.
As soon as you start writing, this should pretty much kill writer’s block because now that your thoughts are out of your head all you have to do is to put them into words (and doing this should also help with coming up with new ideas). I like to call this the “brain dump”.
When I first started writing I actually kept three notebooks; one for general notes on the project, one specifically for notes on scenes and characters, and one for ideas.
2. One thing you can do is to speak out loud about your story.
Do this if you’re alone or if you have someone you trust to tell your story to.
This will help you get the detail of your story right by having another person listen to it, and it will also give this person an idea of where the story is going which could help them out if they want to try helping you out with some editing later on down the track.
3. Other thing you could do is to read your story out loud.
This is actually my favorite method for getting rid of writer’s block.
Now, this may seem pretty weird but I find that if I read out my story it helps me hear all the little details that I put into my writing, and once I’m done reading it, the details are there in my head and I can just go back to write them down.
It becomes even more effective if you have someone else read the story out to you because this will not only give you their impression of the story but also help with correcting their mistakes whenever they inadvertently make some while reading it.
4. Another thing you could do is to get a friend to read a story out loud.
I like to do this with my friends (well my friend, only one friend really) because I like to be able to correct my own mistakes.
I’ll read them my own story and they’ll correct me where necessary, and then I’ll go back and write it down.
Yes it does take longer than reading out your own story, but I find it more effective because you can really hear the mistakes better.
For example, if you make an error in tense they will most probably say “You used the wrong tense” instead of “No, no, It’s supposed to be like this , No wait . It’s supposed to be like that.” You can then show them and then go and correct it.