Writers block is one of the most common challenges writers face. It can be very frustrating when you feel stuck and you can’t pen down anything and it’s worse when it lingers for days.
Storytellers often complain of not knowing how to continue their stories. Some even try to think hard but nothing seems to change.
Although this can be triggered by a lot of things, I am going to show you 5 important things you can do as a writer whenever you feel stuck. Doing these will help you overcome writers block and open you up to easy writing.
Take a break
When your pen can no longer bleed words (when you feel stuck), take a break. Watch a movie, chat with a friend, snag a snacks and sip a glass of juice, take a walk or something. Being stuck can be triggered by a lot of things which you can’t identify if you keep forcing yourself to write.
Spending some time to relax will help you think better to proceed from where you stopped.
Ask Questions When you Feel Stuck
This is an easy way out of being stuck. Asking questions like “what if” is a proven strategy in exploring your imagination especially in storytelling. When you feel stuck about your story plot you can ask this question: “What if this or that happens that leads to X or Y? What will happen if this or that doesn’t happen? What if this or what if that?”
Furthermore, asking questions as a content writer can help you expand your content especially when you are short of content. Let’s say you are writing about a plant. You can ask questions like:
- Is it edible?
- How to plant it?
- What are its uses?
- Where can it be found? Etc.
So next time you feel stuck, start asking questions. In the process of answering them, you will have more things to write about.
If you were in an exam hall and you were asked a question you have practised for so long, will you be caught fiddling with your pen? I bet not, that’s because you know it. Whereas, you could spend hours on a particular question simply because you don’t know it. The same applies in writing.
Getting stuck when writing, is a call to learn more about the subject you’re writing on. You could do some reading, researching, watching videos, checking out the content of others about the topic to update your mind with more information; this will help you write better.
You’re less likely to get stuck when you write about something you know, so you can start by writing about subjects you are familiar with.
The more you know about the subject matter, the lower your chances of getting stuck.
Make it a habit of researching and reading before writing.
In the abundance of words, getting stuck is not a cause for concern.
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Create an outline
Preparing an outline for your content is the easiest way to drive out writers block. When you already have a list of the sequence or order in which your content will flow, writing it out becomes easy.
Whether you’re a storyteller or content writer, embrace the art of planning your content before writing.
This will also help you in your book project. When you have a written structure of how each chapters will flow and what will come before the other, it gives you a more defined sends of direction.
If you can spend time in doing this, you won’t only avoid getting stuck, your content will flow in an organised manner and your writing speed will also double.
Are you wondering how to go about creating an outline for your content? See the link below:
Use a prompt
When you can’t come up with anything to write or when you face writers block, using prompts to lit up your imagination will go a long way to help you create beautiful pieces.
Check out the link below to see sites that can give you access to several prompts that will keep you from getting stuck when you don’t know what to write.
What else can you avoid feeling stuck? Kindly share in the comment
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