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Overcoming writers block? Follow these 5 great steps

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“Writer’s block is having too much time on your hands. If you have limited amount to write, you just sit down and do it.

You might not write well everyday but you can always edit a bad page, you can’t edit a blank page. ~ Jodi Picoult.

Continuous procrastination will bring about writer’s block: Photo / Courtesy

Writers complain about writer’s block all the time. Having a blank cloud in your head, feeling unmotivated and overall tiredness when it comes to writing.

But our dream is to become a professional writer, write best sellers, freelance a lot, or even write for fun and interaction with our readers. Bills also have to be paid.

Khaled Housseni says that for you to be a writer, you have to write every day, whether you feel like it or not. Most of the times you’d rather binge watch Netflix or YouTube, than read that novel or write.

Continuous procrastination will bring about writer’s block. You better write small rather than doing none. Better late than never.

There are a few tricks or activities that will help speed up your thought process into writing;

Befriend a journal

Keep a journal. Whether you write about your day, poems or activities that you’re learning is up to you.

Journaling will help you write frequently and arrange your thoughts; it is another way of getting in touch with oneself.

Furthermore, it is also possible to make art from your journals; for example poems and odes.

Don’t wait to be a perfect writer to write but write regularly to be perfect. Practice makes perfect.

Routine

Have a routine, either morning or evening, depending on when ideas flow easily into the head. Some writers light candles at this time to be inspired, or sit by the fireplace.

Others sip porridge or wine, or wear happy socks. I know of writers who take coffees at Java or Coffee House and write.

Actually, a freelance job should be able to at least buy you coffee to motivate you. Whatever works for you and keeps you wanting to write more, do it.

Don’t procrastinate

There is no perfect time to follow you dreams. There is only this moment right now. And it’s when dreaming becomes doing where the true magic happens. ~ Unknown.

You’ll never achieve anything by procrastinating, so think of how good it will feel afterwards when you’re  done, then do it.

Go for a walk

A walk will inspire you and gets your blood flowing. It will also change the scenery and you might see something worth writing about, so take that walk.

Research

Research on the topics you think you have material, or you can cover. I find Pinterest as a great application and would recommend it to every writer/blogger.

The visuals there are inspiring and it’s very easy to find material to work with.

Overall, writer’s block is having too much time in your hands. Schedule 20 minutes for writing and you’ll improve in your writing.

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