Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Banish Writers Block!

I've made a few posts about writer's block, and this post goes into a little depth regarding the issue, but as it's very nearly 2016, I thought to update the post with new tips, hints, and more; plus, this post is entirely based on writer's block!

  • Writing without a plan is oft a sure fire way to get yourself stuck into a rut. Many people who plan regularly find it harder to write without a plan, at least if they aren't in the habit of writing from the top of their head. If you decide to write, make sure you have at least an idea of what you want to write! Sometimes, it's better to let the words flow rather than rigourously plan, but know what point B is before you set off from point A. As I've mentioned many times, I am a pantser -- I don't enjoy planning and I rather enjoy making things up as I go, but it's not always the best idea and 'll be the first to admit it!
  • Use motivational tools to help you get into the swing of things. Promising yourself a treat and reward for writing x amount of words in x amount of time is definitely a good way to pace yourself and maybe even race against the clock as to meet a deadline. If promises aren't enough (I personally always cheat, and have my goodies before the end) then you could always use software such as Write or Die! It's excellent, and I've made posts about it before, but all it is, is a piece of software that will delete your words should you decide to stop typing. It's a little intense, but certainly great if you like to procrastinate or you get stuck frequently.
  • Set regular goals and deadlines. I find that this one is something I hate and one that I always procrastinate on. Every weekend, I aim to write 50,000 words but it never happens. Why? Because I leave everything to the last minute. I definitely shouldn't, but if you're like me you may wish to get into the habit of having regular goals and deadlines. If you give yourself harsh punishments for not meeting them, you can train yourself into always meeting the goals!
  • Use smaller goals. It's great wanting to write a whole novel in a month. But what about in the short term? What are your goals for the day? The week? Set yourself smaller goals such as 100 words every hour. Sure enough, you'll beat writer's block as the goals are simply so minute!
  • Writing prompts can be a great and invaluable tool. You can find these with a quick Google search, or you can use writing forums to find more specific ones, or newer ones from the community. I like to use Wattpad and the NaNoWriMo forums for these, as there are lots of people willing to help out.
  • Adopting another persons creations can also hel you to defeat writer's block as it gives you something new and fresh to play with that doesn't take much thought to create, other than maybe renaming them or adding a few features that didn't exist before. As with the above, there are tons of forum threads for this that can really help you should you need to adopt.
  • Taking a writing dare is another great tool -- the travelling shovel of death is something reserved for NaNoWriMo, but nothing is stopping you from using it at any point in the year.
  • Word wars help by adding that bit of competition between people. WriteDeck is an essential tool for me as I can't cheat, and I see the progress of other competitors.
What do you think of this list? Do these things help you? They always help me! Let me know in the comments if you found it helpful or not, or if you have any other great tips.

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