Let’s start with avoiding it in the first place. Make your workplace a bit of a temple. Remove distractions from it, no TV, no phone, no kids, pets or anything else that could distract you. I even took the clock out because it ticked. Replace this with things that help motivate you this could be photos of things that remind you of why you write. A letter from a publisher saying they would love to publish your work. Positive reinforcement so you can avoid the block in the first place.
Other things you should do before the giant block gets its claws into you.
1. Exercise is good for you, us writers are fairly sedentary in our lives and getting the blood flowing is good for you and your brain power.
2. Get plenty of sleep don’t burn yourself out by pushing it keep to a schedule when possible.
3. Eat good food, not junk food. Greasy heavy foods will make you tired. Eat healthy, the fuel you put in your body is important.
4. Write everyday no matter what happens.
5. Listen to people around you for inspiration. Everywhere you go listen to conversations, keep a notebook handy.
6. Get out and do things. Don’t let yourself become home bound your ideas could dry up, get out and experience life so you can write about it.
7. When you do go out take a camera, a picture can be worth a thousand words after all.
Oh no, it’s too late the dreaded writers block beast has already struck and now.. all you can see is the void that used to hold your imagination, and all of your words have been sucked into it. Try some of these ideas to pull yourself away from the brink.
1. Whatever it is that you are stuck on, shove it in a drawer. Work on something, anything else.
2. Go get some coffee and focus on one single thing.
3. Take the topic you’re working on and then brainstorm. Get a blank sheet of paper and just start writing on it with a pen or pencil. No keyboards it helps break the pattern you are in.
4. Stop trying to write and just write about anything at all. I have my serious writing, and I have my goofy blog where I basically rant and rave about whatever.
5. Look around your workplace for things that will inspire you. That’s why you set it up that way after all.
6. Remove expectations don’t worry about grammar or voice and just start writing. You can go back and edit later. Chances are you will laugh at what you wrote that’s alright it will help.
7. Anything that pops in your head write it down on that piece of paper. Even if you can’t use it for the current project it could inspire you for another.
8. If you’re stuck on one part, skip it and move to another this is especially useful when chapters jump between two or more characters.
9. Any questions you have about the story you are writing. Look them all up.
10. Instead of plot development work on the characters, their history and background. You can also build on the world you are working in order to help get past the block.
11. Go back and read everything you wrote so far and it may help you pick up your thoughts.
12. Don’t give up!
That’s it, now go write about Zombie Barbie or some scary Garden Gnomes and break the pattern.