If you are just getting started as a writer, or you have decided to take writing seriously, one of the challenges you will have to face is what many writers refer to as writer’s block.

I wish I can tell you not to worry about it, but the reality is that there are days you will feel super excited to put down words on blank pages, you’ll be like, oh yeah I feel so inspired right now I’m going to do 1000 words today, but once you sit down to write,  it will look as if your memory has been wiped off, you will find yourself writing and deleting words.

I can paint a clear possible experience here for you because I do find myself in that situation some days.

It can be frustrating, some times it makes you feel like writing is not for you, but the thing is you are not alone on this journey, writer’s block is part of the writer’s journey, I have read great and accomplished authors confess about dealing with this challenge.

I believe it’s part of the writer’s journey, and it’s something that can be worked on by anyone who wishes to become better at writing.

But seriously, I wish there was something that could be done about it, I wish scientists can invent something like “anti-writer’s block gloves” a kind of gloves that when you wear it on your hand your fingers will just start producing the words, or “anti-writer’s block cap” the one for the head that will help generate ideas from unknown sources, am sure every writer will love to have anyone of this tools if they are invented. 

🤔 that could be a great invention.

Writer’s block is a well-known obstacle for writers, although some writers claim to have figured out a way around it.

You too can figure out a way around writer’s block, here are some tips you can apply to overcome this monster called writer’s block, I use these approaches, and I can say they are very effective for beating writer’s block.

1. Reading

Where does writer’s block come from?

One way I have figured out is a lack of ideas about the subject a writer wants to write about.

Fighting writer’s block can be dealt with by having ideas and a wider perspective about your subject matter.

When there are not enough ideas in your mind about your subject matter you will struggle to come up with words.

And one way to get more ideas about your subject matter is to read, read books, post or whatever that relates to your subject.

One exciting thing I have read about writing is that “as a writer, it’s okay for you to be a thief” it’s okay for you to steal someone’s title, ideas, opinions etc. you will probably be stealing from someone who stole from someone, sometimes ago… Stealing is good, only if you are a writer.

I know you don’t want to plagiarize someone, me too, but the thing is that you can always steal an idea and present them different adding your own perceptive and experience to it, that is what writers do, they say what has been said before with different words or in different ways.

Reading is not just to steal ideas, it’s also one of the ways to widen your perspective and increase your knowledge about your subject.

Here is how to make effective use of reading in fighting writer’s block, I make use of this strategy always. 

Before you write about a subject read one or two blog posts or books on the subject you want to write about or watch one or two videos about the subject.

By doing this you will increase your knowledge and widen your perspective about the subject. When you know more and have a wider perceptive about your subject your words will flow effortlessly.

2. Think on paper

According to a research, an average adult thinks up to 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day, that is a whole lot of thoughts, 50,000 to 70,000 thousand words is about the number of words needed to make up a book.

There’s no way you will think 50,000 thoughts a day without thinking out ideas, you think out ideas every day but they are nowhere to be found.

These great ideas despair once the next thought comes in.

But if you can put them down somewhere, it can become something you can refer to, especially before sitting down to write.

Thinking on paper will not only nurture your idea muscles, but it will also help you find ideas for your writing, which helps you beat writer’s block.

3. Talk to people

I suck at raising conversations, maybe because I’m shy.

But I love conversing, I can’t count how many ideas I have gotten by simply conversing with people, some of which have inspired a post.

The ideal way to engage in valuable conversation is to make it intentional.

Here is what I mean, if you intend to write about a subject, raise the subject when conversing with a friend whom you believe has an idea about the subject, even with someone who doesn’t have an idea about your subject, a simple conversation with a stranger can widen your perspective about your subject.

Writer’s block mostly happens as a result of lack of ideas and perspective about the subject you are writing about.

Conversations can help you see things the way you never thought of looking at things and at the same time make up stories that can make your writing more interesting.

4. Watch movies

Movies are great ideas source. Just like in books, in every scene and plot, there is always something worth noting down.

The whole idea here is to give your attention to something that will make you think and rethink.

5. Listen to something

This can be different for everyone.

For most people it’s music, for me, I prefer podcasts on platforms like SoundCloud or Spotify, educational, instructional and inspirational podcasts.

Your mind is the source of whatever you are going to write, the goal is to keep it active.

As a writer, if you allow your mind to go cold, it will be difficult to get warmed up during the writing period, and then writer’s block wins.

Writer’s block is one challenge to overcome if you are resolved to becoming a productive and effective writer, see how these 5 tips can help you fight this enemy of writers.

How do you overcome writer’s block? What do you do to overcome writer’s block? Share in the comments below.

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Emmanuel Onyewuchi

Emmanuel Onyewuchi aka Digitalchuksemma is an Ex Computer Engr/Instructor turned Digital Mentor, a minimalist, Wished to be a father to 3 Kids from a loving wife. He founded the Digital Optimizers Hub in 2021 to fix the problem of an outdated educational system and lack of ICT and digital adaptability by young Africans. He has thought hundreds and Thousands of students ICT and digital skills in the classroom and online. Currently, he is the CEO and Lead Trainer at Learnvale,com, the new school online for the next breed of digital optimizers and is on the mission to help 100,000 people optimize digital tools and resources to build a thriving business that enables a freedom lifestyle.