Every writer will face writer’s block at least once in their career. For many of us, writer’s block comes along often enough to be a fairly common hindrance. In order to best solve a problem with writer’s block, one must first identify the problem causing the issue; what type of writer’s block is gnawing at your creativity?
Having ideas is the cornerstone of any writing project, but oftentimes those ideas come to us in jumbled disorder and we’re left to sort through them. When you’re suffering from disorganized ideas, you may feel like you’re unable to move in any one direction. If you’re struggling with a tonne of ideas in all kind of directions, jot them all down in as disorganized a fashion as they come to you, then sort through them after. You may find that these ideas translate into great blog posts, chapters, or even future projects. This approach will allow you material to revisit later, as well as an opportunity to really concentrate on one or two aspects of your expertise that need exploring
Many of us will struggle with roadblocks when it comes to starting a project, but sometimes you’ll hit a block right in the middle of a project. When you don’t know which way to go, a new approach will be exactly what you need. Start by taking a break and taking a breather, and when you’re ready to come back to your piece, sit down and look at your outline. If you’re not a writer who works with outlines, a mid-project stall is the perfect time to start. By outlining your piece, you will better understand what you’re trying to get across, and with that clear vision of a finish line, it will be easier to strategize your path.
The pre-disaster is one of the hardest forms of writer’s block to beat because it deals with insecurities that are often hard-wired into us. Many writers have a voice in their head which tells them that they will never finish their book, or that when they do, audiences simply won’t take to it. This can also be referred to as the inner critic, and it’s a real frustrating part of any writer’s life.
In order to beat your own critic, the only real answer is to power through. You can’t know whether your book will be acclaimed or criticized, but if you never write the words, your book will never be either.