Experiencing a writer’s block is completely normal. It can strike anytime, regardless of whether you’re writing a novel, a script or a sketch. The block can be short-lived, or it can last for hours at a time. The reason for it can be something mundane or a feeling of insecurity that the text you’re writing is not good enough. It can even be something as simple as the fact that you are feeling exhausted and need some time off.
However, that shouldn’t bother you that much, as the bursts of inspiration often strike when we are not even trying to feel inspired and creative. With that said, our best recommendation is merely taking some time off and finding different things to do before returning to work. Here are some helpful tips and ideas in case you’re wondering what you should do.
Before you do anything else, you should unplug your phone and disable any notifications on your computer; be it from social media or social network apps. It might not immediately remove your writer’s block, but it is guaranteed to help you better focus on the task at hand. With each notification, you might lose your train of thought which will eventually cost you valuable time you could’ve spent being productive.
Change the Scenery
Instead of working from home, you can always stand up and take a walk or bring your laptop to a coffee shop or a park. If you are not easily distracted, it will only boost your creativity. When it comes to taking a walk, not only is it good for your body but looking around at the world passing by can also spark an idea or two.
Scribble, Doodle, and Gaze
Perhaps the next best idea hides in the back of your head, and it is just having a hard time reaching you. One of the best ways to shut your brain off and to allow that idea come to the surface is to start doodling and scribbling. Gazing into the distance through the window can also have a similar effect. By not focusing on anything in particular, you might see small details that you haven’t noticed earlier, and before you know it, you will be working on your next paragraph.
Taking a Nap
Taking a nap solves everything, period. Jokes aside, procrastinating is not nice. However, working while you are worn out might immensely decrease your efficiency by making you continuously stop and think about what to write next. Taking a nap and getting back to work fully relaxed and rested can significantly improve the amount of work you can do and even make up for the time you spent napping.