One of the common hurdles writers face is Writer’s Block, which was a term coined back in the late 1940’s. As writers, we stare at empty monitors a lot than more than any other profession.
In situations like these, you have two choices-
1 – Close the tab and go back to your non-interesting Facebook feed
2 – Write something
Even if you have chosen the second option, I can already hear your question – “ How the heck am I supposed to overcome a writer’s block?”
Here are the list of things you can do whenever you hit the dreaded writer’s block
Copy Others work
Yes. You read that correctly. Copy other’s writing. Don’t get mad at me, one of the best ways to get good at writing is rewriting your mentors’ or inspiring writers’ work. Don’t feel shy or bad about it. By doing this, it will help you understand how great writers used words to transform their ideas. And it will also be a good exercise to keep your writing muscles moving.
2. Scribble your ideas
We all have this habit of correcting our mistakes even before we have completed a sentence. Being perfectionist is totally fine. But not at the cost of your growth. Just scribble down whatever thoughts comes to your mind and keep on writing.
Good practice is to just write down a list of interesting thoughts which cross your mind at any instant. Write down all your thoughts and then pick the best out of them all and start writing .
3. Write a journal
One of the quick ways to kill your writing skills is expecting a great viral post right in the start. For your information “You are not Super Hero”. So instead of staring at your blank screen write down anything that comes to your mind. And, I mean anything.
How was your day?
Why do you hate Sunday morning hangover?
Why DeadPool movie box office collection is so high ?
Let the creative juice start running. You don’t need to publish your personal rants but this technique will help you move forward.
Who knows your rant on Facebook free-basics may end up featuring you in Business Insider. All the best.
4. Use Quora
Writing is more of a Q&A session. Sometimes you write answers to others question and sometimes for yourself. But, the problem with this approach is – where to find quality questions?
Hands down, Quora is the biggest platform out there pouring with questions ranging from Space Science to Celebrity break-ups. Its up to you to choose the best. You can answer on Quora or collect a set of questions in your field of expertise and write a detailed answer to that.
Once the needle starts to move, it becomes very easy to write down your thoughts.
Disclaimer: Don’t get lost in Quora while choosing best question. Set yourself a time limit for picking low hanging fruit.
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