Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Seven Best Tips to Fight Writer's Block and Writer's Jam

Writer's block is the inability to put anything on paper because of under stimulation. Writer's jam is the opposite - the inability to put down a story due to overstimulation. Many of the ways to deal with either one of these are the same, so check out all the below. I tried to categorize them in either one of the two - but oftentimes they overlap!



Writer's Jam Tip 1: Appreciate the problem

Admit it: Having loads of stimulation is better than having none. Yes, it certainly can be frustrating, but record all your ideas, and work further upon one of them. The other ideas can be used later, but don't try to incorporate them all into one story or it might just get a mess.


Writer's Block Tip 1: Write all that comes to mind


Don't wait for the inspiration to come, just sit down and write! Even if you don't think it's good, it might morph into something better, PLUS it's a good training to get your train of ideas going. Write whatever you can and wherever you can. In a quiet room, outside in nature, on the bathroom, in a boring class...
The important thing is to focus solely on writing for a certain period of time, without regarding format, grammar, structure, etc. That's something for later.


Writer's Jam Tip 2: Exercise

This method works for both writer's jam and writers block, really. Exercising can prevent writer's block by getting your inspiration flowing and getting you unstuck. 
It can also help you overcome writer's jam. Why? Well, exercise has a positive effect on mood, lessens anxiety, provides a sense of accomplishment, and gets your mind cleared. Maybe your huge list of novel-ideas will be more organized and you'll have a better idea of which ideas really are good and which ones now seem unrealistic or simply not as good.  Your cluttered mind will be untangled, which is positive no matter what reason you did it for!

Writer's Block Tip 2: Log off

When I work on the computer, I often get distracted with other things - namely the internet and Facebook. I put off my work and my writing. That's why it can be helpful to write in a place where there is no internet connection, or to simply get out a notebook and a pen. You might feel the urge to have some distraction or even look up a word online, but resist the urge until you have finished your work.

Writer's Jam Tip 3: Relax and see the bigger picture

I know. It may seem as though you have piles and piles of work and tons and tons of ideas to put down, but relax. Sit down and relax. You can do only one thing at a time, and activities will go much faster if you devote your energy to one thing at a time. Relax, sit back, and see the individual trees rather than letting the large and looming forest overpower you.

Writer's Block Tip 3: Do less

Take time thinking about writing. Not just on-the-surface-thinking, but really and deeply thinking. Don't have time for your writing or thinking about your writing (and I would argue both are very important in the process), do less other things. I know it's difficult - I personally love being involved in a lot of different things - yet if it means you'll end up having more time to spend on your writing, it's worth it (if you really see yourself doing this in the future).



I hope these tips were helpful and that you've gotten something new out of it.
Do you have any tips or tricks that help you when you feel jammed or stuck? Tell me about them in the comments.

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