Most of us need to write something at one point in our lives. Whether it’s a letter or email, an important speech or an article, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of writer’s block. As we sit staring at a blank page or screen, feeling uninspired, lost or unmotivated – what can we do to get our creativity and productivity flowing again?
The solution really depends on the cause. At the root of any case of writer’s block there’s usually something deeper – an underlying cause. This could be the stress of a big deadline, the emptiness of depression or the fear of failure caused by low-self-esteem.
Alternatively, writer’s block can be caused by simple tricks of the mind or an inability to focus and create. Lack of motivation, concentration issues or feeling out of control can all contribute.
Whatever the cause, there are a few simple tricks you can try to re-spark your creativity.
Switch it up – sometimes the mind just needs a little kick start to begin thinking differently. Try using a different writing tool – switch from your PC, to a laptop or to paper. Or change your office or desk space around. Move to another room or go write in a café. A new perspective often helps.
Skip to the middle – starting is often the most difficult part. We can have so much to say we don’t know where to begin. Try starting where the ideas take you – you can always go back later.
Use exercises or prompts – there’s lots of writing exercises online or fun ways to stimulate ideas or get prompts. These are good ways to give you a new starting point or angle on the topic.
Read – if you really can’t write anything don’t give up. Try reading things you find inspiring or going back over some of your best work. This is a good way to remind yourself what works and rebuild your confidence.
Get out – exercise and fresh air clear the mind and refresh us. Go for a run or walk and try to take a step back. Calm down and de-stress. Yoga or meditation may also help. Clear the mind and when you feel ready return to the task feeling refreshed.
Mindmaps – if you don’t feel ready to try complete sentences try visual exercises or mind maps. Just get some ideas down – however disjointed they may feel – and see where they take you,
Just start writing – the pressure of getting everything exactly right first time can get you down. Writing is a process and it has to start somewhere. Just write – even if you think you can’t, even if the words don’t flow at first. Just put something down and see where it goes.
The causes behind writer’s block can be many and complex. The root causes are not always evident and, whilst the techniques above may provide a short term solution, hypnotherapy is extremely effective at unblocking creativity and increasing productivity.
Together we can uncover any unhelpful beliefs, blocks or causes of the writer’s block, clear the mind and stimulate new ideas. My treatments are quick and effective whilst being a freeing and enjoyable experience.