At some point in every writer’s life they have experienced writer’s block, simply it’s the temporary inability to write due to lack of knowledge or more commonly a mental block of what you are trying to say. It’s not easy to overcome writer’s block, and some people have given up writing completely because of it.

However, that’s not us; we don’t quit because we don’t know what to write. We will overcome writer’s block and continue our journey. This is a genuine problem and one that must be ended before it claims too many aspiring writers in the world so here is one simple lesson I’ve learnt to deal with writer’s block.

Overcoming writer’s block

To overcome writer’s block, we need to understand what causes it. Writer’s block comes from a lack of ideas. So, if we want to overcome writer’s block, we must solve our lack of ideas by giving ourselves a new source of fresh ones.

It may not always seem it, but ideas are always around us, wherever we look there is something we can write about. All we need to do is pay attention and observe. This is where a journal comes in handy, in my journal I write down ten things that happen to me or ideas I’ve had throughout the day, every day. Here a few from the last few days:

  • Taken my nan out to lunch for Christmas.
  • Gave £3 to a beggar when everyone kept ignoring him.
  • Accidentally skipped breakfast.
  • Arguing over how to unplug a cable on the phone.

These are small and meaningless things that happened over a few days, and to most, these are just everyday activities and deserve no extra attention. However, these people suffer from writer’s block, without knowing they just missed out on four ideas for articles, possibly more.

  • Don’t forget your beginnings, always be humble.
    • Taken my nan out to lunch for Christmas.
  • Be grateful for the things you have; you never know how far you’ve come until you look back.
    • Gave £3 to a beggar when everyone kept ignoring him.
  • To be successful, we need to consider our bodies first.
    • Accidentally skipped breakfast.
  • Don’t assume when you don’t have all the facts.
    • Arguing over how to unplug a cable on the phone.

Depending on your publishing schedule, this could be a month’s worth of content for your readers.

Now, not all the observations you make in your daily lives will have lessons to be learnt and neither will all your experiences be made into a story but by simply noting down anything of interest, we are greatly increasing our pool of ideas, we build stories from.

Conclusion

All you need to do this yourself is a notebook, a pan and a spare ten minutes to note ten things down from that day. A small sacrifice for the number of stories you will gain if you ask me. Furthermore, the more you practice this method, the better you will get, and the better you get, the more ideas you will see around you.

So, there you have it, writer’s block is not the problem it was made out to be and, it is rather easy to overcome writer’s block. All you need to do is observe the world around you, take notes and then analyse them for ideas. Not too much work for never being stuck for ideas again.


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