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Bye-Bye Writer’s Block

6 Tips to get your writing back on track

Every writer, no matter what they tend to write, all face the same thing at some point: Writer’s block. It’s horrid, and it can ruin any piece of writing or ongoing project. It can last a day to weeks and even months depending on the writer. Luckily, there are ways to fight this. Here are six suggestions to help you get through it.

Watch a new show or movie. I don’t mean turn your brain off and watch a mind numbing show or movie. I mean watch something that’s new and different with the intent of looking for new ideas or inspirations. Oftentimes, consuming new media will give us a bountiful hand of ideas to tackle.

Take on a five-minute prompt. Giving yourself a specific fresh prompt can give you a good starting point to start writing something. Make sure they’re new and interesting enough for you to chew on and turn something out within five minutes or so. Remember, these are meant to get the brain juices flowing, not stump you even more. Don’t think and just write!

Power through the writer’s block. It’s almost like shooting yourself in the foot, but the best way to get through writer’s block is to simply just push through it. It can take countless drafts, bad writings, crumpled up paper and shameless pieces, but the only way to get past writer’s block is to just write yourself out of it.

Make a new character or do some worldbuilding. I consider this a fun one. If you are writing fiction, creating a brand new character, or making a backstory for a side character can be a great way to get past writer’s block. It’s just small enough to tackle without much of a daunting feeling, but interesting enough to get the cogs in your head turning.

Simply write badly. Sometimes we forget that it’s okay to produce bad writing. Not everything needs to be perfect off the bat. Just making a bad first rough draft can be more than enough to get over your writer’s block.

Change your environment. Being stuck in one place for hours trying to produce a piece of writing is a double edged sword. You’ll struggle infinitely more if you’re in the same dull place as always. Going for a walk in a park or going to a cafe you might not visit too often can do wonders by giving you a new flow of inspiration.

 

By Sasha Gonzalez, Junior, Chi Arts

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Written by Sasha Gonzalez

Sasha Gonzalez is a junior creative writer at Chi Arts majoring in fiction writing. She's a sucker for baked sweets, good sci-fi and fantasy, and loves reading webcomics. She adores all sorts of animals and is the owner of a cat named Mocha.

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