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How I overcome writer’s block

Like any normal person, I suffer from writer’s block frequently. There are rare times when I can churn out content faster than Stephen King; most of the time, though, the blank screen of iA Writer seems to mock me. So I thought I’d share my tips with you on how I overcome writer’s block.

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Step out from wherever you are right now.

A new scene or environment will do wonders for your creativity. You can take a walk through your neighborhood and see the sun rise – whatever gets those juices flowing.

Don’t be ashamed to seek help in case inspiration still doesn’t strike.

In this case, I use apps (Writelight and Brainsparker are awesome at this) and the Internet for finding writing prompts.

Aside from that, reading about current events and my interests on Flipboard gets my mind fired up.

Just freaking write.

Don’t think, just do. You’re never going to finish what you never start. Even a very rough draft is better than a blank sheet of paper.

I know that for perfectionists, this seems like a herculean task. If you want to make an outline first before drafting, fine. If you want to shut off your PC monitor and start typing words blindly, go!

As I said here before, I need discipline to keep putting out content. When required, I will adjust my rituals for overcoming writer’s block, but for now, these tips seem to be working for me. I hope you learned something from this, too! 🙂

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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