These are the 10 keys I have learned to beating writer’s block. I am a student of writing and blogging, and like you, am still learning about writer’s block. I am both blogger and a journaler.
I think writer’s block is caused by anxiety and fear of the blank page. It also is part perfectionism. You want it to be perfect but fear it will not be, so you are afraid to start or finish.
Although I still struggle with it, I do not let it get the best of me. I have discovered these 10 keys on my journey to beat it. Yes, journalers get writers block too.
Do a brain dump and just write. Use a timer set for 5 or 15 minutes and just write. Fill the page. Just keep writing. Write whatever comes to mind even if you have to repeat or write “I can’t do this”.
- Stress and feelings of being overwhelmed leads to anxiety that causes writer’s block. The first step is to manage your stress by taking 10 deep breaths, then journaling for 5 to 10 minutes about what is causing you stress.
- Learn to welcome the blank page. Consider all the possibilities it brings to you. The paper in your notebook is a blank canvas. Your writing is a work of art meant just for you.
- Make it a game with yourself. Try to beat the clock and have a little fun! Think of this as a challenge, something you can accomplish and beat.
- Write fast to outsmart your pesky inner critic. Write creatively and let the juices flow. Do not correct your errors.
- Find your best time to write. When are you most productive? Some people find it easier to have a certain time or space to journal. I personally write whenever I want at anytime.
- Be creative and let your writing flow. Rediscover your writing voice and let yourself go. Just write and keep writing.
- Take it one step at a time. Just sit and write. As Stephen King said, the secret of writing is “butt glue”.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. You are good enough and so is your journaling. Accept yourself as you are now (although that doesn’t mean you don’t want to change and grow as a person).
- Write a narrative between you and the writer’s block. Have a conversation.
- Praying is the last key. Write a letter to God asking for his help and guidance.
I hope these keys have helped. Comment below about what works best for you to beat writer’s block. I publish a new post once a week. Come back often or sign up for my newsletter which has links to my blog posts and receive free a journaling 5 day challenge.
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