The 4 Things I did to Break My Writer’s Block

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Hi my lovely book dragons! It has been a minute since I last posted. I ended up experiencing a bit of a writing slump. Between my blog, my personal writing and my academic writing, I just became exhausted and slammed up against a wall. I think every creative or person has experienced a block of some sort at least once in their life. It is a pretty common occurrence. It follows with the “too much of a good thing is a bad thing” rule I believe. This was not my first time experiencing a slump, nor will it be my last time.

It can be really aggravating to hit a wall and have ones creativity stoppered. There is countless advice all over the internet on how to get out of a slump, or “break out” of ones writers block. I tried a few things, but mostly decided on doing things my own way, and I was actually able to shorten the time I’m normally in a slump (my longest ever was about a year – yikes!). Now I’m feeling refreshed and ready to begin writing again. So naturally, I decided to write about my experience, and my advice to others also going through their own mental blocks. Below are the 4 things I did to help me get through my slump, and double as my advice to anyone else experiencing one.

  1. Give yourself a clean break!

I don’t think I can emphasize this enough. This is my biggest piece of advice, and I think the hardest one. There is a certain degree of frustration and, depending on the person, guilt involved with hitting a writing wall. Due to this, we (*cough* I *cough*) may still try to force our way through it and write anyway. Unless you know for sure that forcing it works for you, then please give yourself a break. A complete purge of writing. For me, it was a complete purge of blog/personal writing, reading and social media. I had no choice but to continue my academic writing, unless I wanted to fail my classes, but in these other things I had a choice. Having that breather was a necessity to me. Every time I tried writing during this time, I would spend hours starting the same post over and over, until I almost pulled my hair out from the stress. Writing is supposed to be my stress reliever, not inducer. So I stopped all together.

      2. Once your ready, start taking baby steps!  Re-introduce books and write down ideas, but don’t start actually writing yet!

I spent a few weeks completely boycotting anything book or writing related. Things began to feel more manageable, I started getting some energy back and ideas started coming to me. I jotted this ideas down, making blank posts with nothing more than a title and a small description of the writing idea. I tried to follow through on one of these ideas, and immediately my brain wasn’t having it and slammed me in the face with a wall again. I hadn’t fully broken through my slump, and needed to listen to what my brain was practically screaming at me. So I left it at jotting down ideas, and now I have a plethora of post options! I also started to try reading again. I picked books that I was familiar with, books I knew would be easy and comforting. This allowed me to slowly begin my journey back to the world of writing without fully jumping head first into it.

     3. Pace yourself! Start answering prompts and reading new books!

I personally feel like prompts are the easiest way to get back into writing. You’re not completely coming up with your own content, you’re just answering some questions. This can help engage you without putting too much pressure on yourself. I started by reading tags posted by other people and thinking about my answers, and then eventually started writing responses to prompts myself (but not posting them!). And once I felt really good, I tried picking up some new books. Reading can provide so much inspiration, and as I’m a book blogger, reading new books is a vital part of my blog. I also started to look at other blog posts and reviews to get inspired.

    4. Take the time you need and LISTEN to yourself!

Overall, take it as slow as you need. Your mental health comes first, and blocks/slumps is our bodies way of telling us “hey, we need a break!” Forcing yourself before you’re ready can actually set you back, and no one wants that. Taking breathers when you need them and listening to yourself will keep your relationship with your writing – or any other form of expression – healthy and enjoyable. Everyone is different, and every block experienced is different. There is no quick fix, and no time-table of how soon you should get over it.

 

I would like to add that because this worked for me, it doesn’t mean it will work for you. What each person needs to jumpstart their creativity is different. Because of that, I found and listed a few other sites with suggestions on overcoming writing slumps, writers block or whatever else you like to call it! Some of these suggest trying to force your way through it and get back as quickly as possible. I don’t agree with this method, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a valid way that works for other people.

Writer’s Digest – How to Break Out of a Writing Slump

E.M. Welsh – How to Get Out of a Storytelling Slump and Start Writing Again

Entrepreneur – 7 Unexpected Ways to Get Around Mental Blocks

Mission – How Famous Writers Overcome Writer’s Block and Reawaken Their Creativity

I hope my advice and these resources help someone going through their own writers block. If you’ve experience a writing block, I’d love to hear your advice! What do you think of my suggestions? Did another way work better for you? Let me know down in the comments below!

Good Hunting everyone!

 

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