ListingDock

How do you deal with writers block?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

How do you deal with writers block?

I think all of us have to deal with writer's block at some point in our lives. When I get writer's block I get frustrated and bored and restless. And then I know its time for me to take a nap LOL. After a good nap, I am able to think clearly and I am able to write again. How do you deal with writer's block?

Comments

Please login or sign up to leave a comment

Join
overcast

I just start commenting on others post and writing. That way my writing capacity gets back in order. And then I start to write in small modules. And from there onward I get to write even longer pieces. You can see that writing bigger blocks don't add much value these days and getting motivation for the same is a bit harder.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

When I cannot write my own article, reading and leaving comments on others' article is a good way to relax my mind and overcome writer's block.
When I am having a writer's block and cannot write, I start marketing my contents.
IN fact there are so many things to do when you are unable to write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Yes and on site like steemit, virily and others it adds up. And it pays to comment these days. So it's fun to make money while writing. And it can definitely set the things in motion. And on that note it'd be reasonable to say that writing on specific topic can be good enough.On that note I'd say having writers block sometimes can be used the right way.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

After the downfall of Bubbles, I joined a number of similar sites, some sites never paid me, some sites paid in the beginning and later never paid or disappeared from the face of the web. Therefore, I have stopped writing for penny sites. However, these days I do forum commenting. Forum commenting is a good way to deal with writer's block.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Yes pretty much same case with me. Lot of those sites didn't paid me. And it was kind of harder in that sense to maintain the writers block. I'd say some of the time writers block takes time to go. So we just have to keep on writing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

It looks like steemit is a good site. However, when I first heard about it I did not rush to join it. I had not been paid on numerous sites, some sites vanished and some
sites never paid. Therefore, I did not join steemit. When I was cheated by writing sites, I began giving more time on writing for clients and forum posting. I also launched my own blogs. By writing for clients, forum posting and blogging, I am always occupied.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Yes the current rare is really down with the crypto being small. So you may not earn much there. Once crypto starts earning. It would have more earning. So it all depends on how the crypto rates are going. Current rate for steemit earning is a bit slow.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

There was a time when I thought publishing on writing sites was better than having own blog. On your blog, you will have to work hard on developing contents, optimizing for search engine and marketing your blog posts. However, on writing sites, if you gain followers or form groups, you easily gain visitors. Therefore, I never thought about having my own blog. However, when the sites like helium, squidoo and bubblews shut down, I knew publishing on third party site was never a safe option for a writer.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I remember that time used to earn good too. Because at thaat time getting traffic to our own blog was hard. And so many people used to write for hubpages, squidoo etc. And then things changed. So it was bound to happen eventually.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

Well I am still earning more from hubpages than from my blogs. That's because I have a large number of followers on hubpages. I am also in a facebook group of hubpages writer. These hubpages writer help their co-writers by regularly visiting the hubs. Another reason why my hubpages articles earn more is because my articles have been therefor more than 5 years.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

That's a good thing that you earn more from that place. Not a lot of people earn from there. So yeah whatever works double the effort. I am sure that would be a good earning.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

reaching the payment threshold of $50 may not be possible for many people, furthermore, if the user has not optimized articles for search engines, then he may not be receiving a good money. However, hubpages is the best site for a newbie as well as professional writers, who do not have their own websites.
I knew some successful writers, who started by writing for hubpages. If you are serious about writing, hubpages can be your launch pad.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Yes there has to be some sort of keyword competition on search. So that's why it is harder to reach the 50$ payout. And that's another reason many of us are not able to get the writers block properly in order. So I guess we have to write when we can on such sites and not get burned out.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

I have friends on hubpages who only publish creative writing. I have seen them grow from a common story writer on hubpages to a successful author on Amazon. If you publish regularly, you might reach that payment threshold. There are writers on hubpages who publish every day or at least two articles in a week. If you are disciplined writer, writer's block will never get you. By disciplined writer I am referring to the people who have a writing schedule and write every day.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I have not seen people making money off the creative stories and the stuff. It seems like it does takes the time for the earning. And on that part you can see that these days it's kind of hard with the creative writing and fiction there for earning.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

It is true that in the online world, making money from creative writing is quite impossible. That's because it is really hard to optimize your creative writing for search engines, however, if you write theme based poems and stories, you can easily do this. For instance, if you write Christian story or valentine day poem, you can optimize your content with the proper keywords and get traffic from search engines.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Yes that seems to be the case. Also the adsense ads can't be optimized for the stories on the page. So that's going to affect lot.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

You may not earn money from your creative writing by publishing on your blogs or niche content website like hubpages. However, publishing your stories online will help you build your audience. If your stories have audience ion the sites, tyou can convert tthem to your buyers when you publish your work as a book on Amazon or other publishing sites.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

I think that every now and then posters experience writers block and there is nothing you can do about the block until it's lifted. The best way I deal about this is by clearing my mind and putting it off away from heart and enjoy doing my job with replying and reacting to other posters thread and comments. Sometimes, it's even good to take a time off with creating content and reply to all of the ones that you have created before.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I remember putting a lot of effort into things. But then again things change. And life has it's own set of the changes where things may end up having the issues. So people have to learn from their writers block. Not all people can learn from their efforts.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

This is interesting--basically, you switch modes of writing, from whatever your main topic is, to posting and forum writing. I think it's cool that you fight writer's block by actually WRITING MORE but just in a different format or genre. It's almost like a form of cerebral weight-lifting where you use the smaller and smaller jobs to build up eventually to the heavy ones. Then you have to take a break to let your muscles heal again with the smaller jobs. This might not be the best analogy, lol, but i like your post here.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Yes some of the time it works. Until the point hits where you don't feel like writing. And that's where you have to just take pause and something else. I am following that formula. And it works for me. I can't say it will work for others. Because each one of us have different approach to do things.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

Writing block is when you are not in a mood to write. You sit to write, however, words do not flow. Whether you are a newbie or a professional writer, you will surely experience writer's block in your writing career. The best way to deal with this is by switching subject. For instance, you are planning to write a short story, however, it is not happening. You can give up the short story you have in mind and start working on an article. Switching subjects and topics really help.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I have tried the prompts and setting some time blocks. To some extent that does work out. But to be honest I can tell you that not all people can work with that. And some of the time we just have to work with the change in direction. That's what I feel.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

When words don't flow and I cannot write, I sit to read my own works. I read my published works, I read my unpublished works. As I continue reading, there are moments when I feel like changing few things. I then put editor's cap. As I begin to edit my works, a time will come when I want to write something fresh.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I have to agree when the words don't flow. Then things just slow down. And it makes it harder to work around. Another thing is that writers block affects many people. And we just have to learn from our experience. So it depends on how we handle that.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

DenisP

I was about to say something similar as well. One of the best ways for me to come up with my own ideas and content is to build and reflect on content that others have already posted. Typically when I'm replying to someone, in order to make a reply that actually contributes to the conversation I have to sit there and brainstorm for a few moments. In that process of brainstorming, I typically end up coming up with several ideas that I can expand upon. It is like the spark that lights the fire of inspiration.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I think some of the time extending what others are doing or have done is a best way to do things too. I have seen that working for many. And though it may not make much sense as of now. But it can be something that can be learned as well.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

treecko142

yeah, sometimes just taking your mind off whatever you're writing, and just commenting on other's topics online and taking it easy makes a big difference into getting back into the groove.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

That always works for me. I am not writing right now. I am assuming that in near future surely this will change the way things are going for me. I hope that it does too. Because I am tired of writing all the time and then writers block making me not to write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

kgord

I find sometimes when my brain gets in gear it is not difficult to think of something to write or to say. It is just one of the issues, that is a non issue to me actually.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

leeyong88

Drinking water, and then doing a simple exercise until I get a little sweat. That usually helps me when I have writer's block. If not, then I do the same with you. I take a short nap or eat something or breath fresh air. There are a lot of things which can help you clear out your mind, but what I mentioned above are what works for me.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I think that they call this tactic "getting the juices flowing". There are some studies out there, if my memory serves me right, about the connections between physical activity and exercise and mental or imaginative creativity. I do try to avoid eating too much while working at home though, and my metabolism is as such that it can crash pretty hard, in the middle of the day, if I eat the wrong things. However, a short nap or a walk outside can most likely re-infuse one with writing energy.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

Well, if you cannot write what's the point in forcing yourself to write. Why can't you put pen and paper aside and get engaged with other creative things. If you cannot write, you can start marketing your articles or networking with people. If you cannot write a new article, you can go back to your old article and update it. There is no need to force your mind.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

augusta

Sure physical actvities help to alert not just the brain but even all part of the body,that's why physical activities are always recommended when one's is tired or is feeling dull.Just moving the body swiftly in a fast paced exercise can help kick in the hormones that would help the body perform some activities that the body was weak about.I do this all the time and it helps.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

When I feel dull and drained, I go for a walk. Walking not only makes my body fit but also relaxes my mind. During the walking, I contemplate on ideas and topics. Some of my best works were initially conceived while walking.
Activities such as gardening, cooking, shopping can make your mind relaxed. When your mind is relaxed, you can think clearly.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

Same with me. I go for walk and also do the meditation. I also go for the gaming places. And it gets me pumped. You can see that on that note it can be fun to be around the writers block. And that should be a good way for things to properly work out if you can do random writing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

If I am not in a mood to write, I sit to edit my old works. editing can help you overcome writers' block. If you are not in a mood to edit your works, you can go back to your manuscripts and begin to read. reading also helps to overcome writers' block. You should never force yourself to write when you are not in a mood to write. Write only when words easily flow.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I am also thinking in the same direction. I may have to edit some old articles. And even make them look new with adding paragraph. And if possible I can add more stuff to the writers notes. So that it may appear like a new content. Lot of things to do for this.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

treecko142

When I'm out of ideas, I just lay in my bed and relax and think about random stuff for a while just to reset my mind, and the moment I stand up I usually get ideas flowing that I walk around my room to organize my thoughts, kind of like an adrenaline rush. It's one of the best feelings, especially when I have something to do that is near deadline.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

Writer's block is a mental problem, therefore, in order to solve this problem, you will have to relax your mind. Mind relaxing techniques like breathing exercise and meditation really help. Meditation and breathing exercise help you to clear your mind. When your mind is clear, you can think clearly. If your mind is clear, it will become more active.
You can also try mind exercises such as playing word games or solving crosswords.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

augusta

Well written,I wake up most days and feel not touching the mouse let alone the keyboard to type, it can be really boring some days when all need do is just to stare at the screen without having any feeling of writing.What helps me is taking a long walk and staying away from writing for a whole day, then gradually write in bits while during other things to bring in varieties.I also work with my favorite music playing in the background.it never easy but we need to push ourselves.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Barida

In as much as I don't take a long walk, I always take my time by not writing for the day and by doing so, I get better the next day. Some said that listening to music helps, but I've not tried it at the moment.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I think that is a good habit. It is some of the time bad to even touch the electronics. And it can turn out to be fatal in such case. I'd say it'd be reasonable to make use of the block and keep yourself away from the distractions. Once things properly settle then sure you can go ahead and work around the habit and focus on the task.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

For me, the best way is to always go back to writers who have inspired me and then read some passages from them to get my mind fluid again. Also, I think that just taking a walk is the simplest and most effective way to get away from the work--you would be so surprised at the ideas which come to you on a walk down a trail or around the block. We can have the tendency to get too cerebral and to get stuck inside of ourselves. Emerson and Wordsworth, for example, always wrote about how Nature could inspire them to write and be inspired. In my experience, I think that this is most definitely true. Sometimes the best thing for us, as writers, is just a change of pace.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Barida

Good plan of visiting books of popular writers you've known for a period of time can be a way to boost your morale to start writing again. In as much as I've not tried that, I think that's a good move to take.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vinaya

If you cannot write, you can read. Through reading, you not only gain knowledge and wisdom but also get inspired to write if you are suffering from the writer's block. If I sit to write but words do not come out. I pick up a book and begin to read.
Sometimes when I do not feel like writing, I go back to my old writings.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Kakashi2020

I do agree with this method, whenever it gets harder for me to write, I take a rest and after a day, I'll start reading and reading in times can be a source of inspiration to me, and this would motivate me to write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Barida

When I have writer's block, I always try as much as I could to relax my mind and give myself some time off from writing. The reason is to keep my mind fresh and not stressed up by continuing with what I'm writing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

I totally agree with you on this, taking a little bit of time off when this happens helps you get better when you get back at it because when you try to over push it, you are definitely going to make a mess of how good your work used to be and this doesn't bode well for one's writing reputation.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Destiny00

I usually have to move away from my writing space and distract myself with something completely different. I might start cleaning or go for a run. Doing something physical seems to be helpful, because after awhile I'll get an idea and then I can't wait to get back to my computer to work on it.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I think that this is such a common reaction for all of us. It's a paradox--you have to walk AWAY from the task in order to be able to approach or do the task. I build in breaks, even chores, during my writing work day in order to pull myself away from my work station. Often, though, an idea or inspiration will pop into my head, while i am showering, outside, doing dishes, whatever, and I will have to rush back to the keyboard and type it out before I lose it. Getting away or taking a break from the work station definitely helps the process--I agree.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

This does it very well for me when I'm in a writers block situation or mess. Giving myself a complete break helps me to get back by thinking, my reasoning and my focus back to being sound, normal and clear. This is the helps me to come back being good and better.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

gelotologist

The best thing to do is clearly to make yourself more relaxed and have a good nap as well. Haha. But it really helps you energize and relaxed at the same time. Or drink something you like for a more soothing and fresh before starting to write something again.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Happyflowerlady

it seems like writing is something that I do better when I am in a creative mood, and sometimes, I am just not in that kind of a mood. Forcing myself to write when my mind is not in tune with what I am writing about produces results; but not nearly as good as when I am in the writing mode.
Usually, just taking a break will help me, and when it is possible, going for a walk because that seems to just let my mind open up and let ideas flow. Once I have done something that opens my mind back up. And puts me in the creative thinking mode, then I can easily put those thoughts down in writing.
Even if I can’t go out for a walk, just doing something else and letting my subconscious mind think about the topic I am writing about always seems to help me.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

peachpurple

I would watch Korean drama to get rid of the laziness, I can find ideas after watching it. I also eat my favorite chocolates to make myself happier. Ideas will pop in anytime.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

leeyong88

Great idea there, watching a show like Korean drama would definitely lighten up your mind as you get to redirect your mind from being blocked into being happy, excited or romantic, which should refresh it. And that you are also right. We can get many creative ideas from these shows which are very applicable to writing. And chocolates are really helpful to stimulate the brain.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

nolipangda

Just take a deep breath and look outside, stand up and look at some green images or look at nature. You can also listen to relaxing music in order to stimulate your brain for it to function properly. Eat and rest.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mildredtabitha

I also listen to music so that I can feel relaxed. Taking long walks and admiring nature can make our mind to be calm and be able to concentrate



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Adesuwa08

When it comes to writing blocks I have not really perfected how to over come it, I just let it be sometimes till the inspiration and that drive comes for me to carry on, depending on the type of project I am working on sometimes.

With what I have put in practice I will say that the best way to overcome writing block, is you keeping a constant diary that you give an every day account of, this will help you get done with writing blocks but though not completely.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Barida

A documentation of your daily activities can be a great way to overcome writer's block in the sense that it is going to be a drive for you to get better at writing and pushing harder to succeed.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mildredtabitha

I haven't been writing since first January until today. I really wanted too but I was not in sync with what I wanted to do. I was feeling like tired or lazy and I am not sure why. I am not sure if that is enough symptoms to claim I was experiencing writers block.

I always decide to do something else like talking with my siblings, playing Android games and/ or watching movies. Sometimes it is hard to explain why it is difficult to bring yourself to write when you really feel like doing it. Doing something different or just sleeping will help.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

This is a very good way to handle this situation, sometimes a time off is very important when the brain isn't in the frame to put in a good job. Normally, it is prefer taking a walk in the park to clear my head and if I'm lucky enough, I would get my inspiration back and be able to get over writer's block.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Baburra

I think taking a nap is a great way to rev up your brain again and I know I myself always work best when I just woke up and am fresh as can be. Usually though, I can't really sleep on command so I mostly just do other activities to get my mind off of things and when I am feeling the least amount of pressure is when I usually get the most ideas coming in. Most of the time I get ideas while I'm cooking or driving or just focusing on something else completely unrelated.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

manmad

The best tip that most likely everyone would recommend is taking a break, when you strain your mind, you'll not be able to think and act at 100% of your potential and the final result of your work is going to suffer. Not only is not taking a break not going to help you, but it might also lead to potential mistakes, which you'll have to correct later on, so even if you think that you're wasting your time taking a break, it's better to do so than waste time on correcting some mistakes made out of frustration.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I think that this is another great point. It's also good to take a break, I think, AFTER every time we write a piece and before we submit it. Once we write something, if we have time to walk away from it, when we come back to it, even after a few minutes or so, we can definitely see our mistakes better and be more objective about our own work, I can't tell you how many times I have hastily submitted something and then regretted it upon a second read, even only moments later. Time is one of the best editing tools that we have because it can provide us with fresh perspective of our own work.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

manmad

This isn't a tip that I came up with, I know a lot of people who write as a job and personally knowing them, they take a lot of breaks, just because you always need to refresh your mind so you can come up with some fresh ideas.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vhinz

Writer's block is one of the problems that I am facing in building my blog. This is the common problem mostly for start-up bloggers. In my case, maybe I'm encountering this because I have limited knowledge of my chosen niche. So what I do is read popular writers/bloggers works and get ideas from them. I also watch inspirational videos that could motivate me to continue writing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

vhinz,
I agree when it comes to the blogging that block can be pretty common. I find that, because of the type of blogging I am doing, which is a bit memoir-based, if all I did all week was work, work, work, I do not sometimes feel as if I have a whole lot of inspirational material to offer up to an audience. I try to change my perspective and realize that, if I really pay attention, there is a ton of things to discuss or to explore, but I think I actually suffer from "writer's burn-out" more than a blockage. I need to figure out when the best time to write my blog is and then the best time to consistently post it--it seems to be a place where I need to have a lot more creative energy than in most of my other writing or freelancing projects.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

vhinz

Another thing that blocks me from writing a content is self-doubt. Since I am new in this blogging arena, most of what I'm going to write would be coming from research on different books and websites, so I'm not sure if I could write it well on my own words and without being accused of plagiarism.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Baburra

This is also a good way of getting over the writer's block. These days everyone copies or gets inspired by other content because of the simple reason that everything is pretty much online already so new and unique content is difficult to come by so fairly similar articles and videos are now a little more acceptable. Even if you just get inspired by other content and not copy it, you can get some good content for your site by just keeping yourself up to date with others who write about the same topic.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I do not think we should necessarily "copy" other content, but I think that when we read voices which are different from ours that we can be re-inspired. It's almost like the friction which causes something to burst into flame--a different voice can rub against your mind and put different kinds of pressures on you, and suddenly, you spark into a new direction. I think we can't help but to imitate and emulate the writers we like to read, so as we read other content for inspiration, it is as if they are giving us the push or shove into our own modes of writing again. Just a thought.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

coolavender

Writer's block is a common malady of writers and I've learned mostly how to deal with it. It just happens and when it does, I just take a little break. I can't afford to let it affect me for a long time because it will have an impact on my earning goals. It's another thing, though, if the writer's block is caused by the brain's inability to process information due to sleeplessness, hunger, or tiredness. In that case, I'll need to address these physiological needs first.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

This post is very interesting to me because a lot of writers who I have studied over the years did some of their "supposedly" best work when they were sleep-deprived, dying, sick, intoxicated, starving--you name it. I guess it might depend upon the type of writing you are doing, and there are many different types of "Muses", but writing in itself, or the impetus and inspiration of writing, is such a strange and elusive thing. Suffice it to say, the process is most likely just different for all of us, and within that, I'd argue it is different for us as individuals in a constantly fluctuating way.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Baburra

I agree. A lot of the time when I try to force it, it feels like I am just pushing my ideas further away. You also made a great point in saying that when you are lacking something physically it needs to be addressed, as I always feel a lot more able to write continuously when i have had enough sleep. I guess for every person it is different but the bottom line is that you need to figure out what works for you and to address what is lacking when you feel that issue come up.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

wallet

It did happen to me as well, and when this happens I get frustrated and I usually leave the site for a new one. Maybe I am not a good writer but I expect as this to be said to me and not get blocked.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I think there comes a time when we can't do that. And we have to stick with one thing and work with that. I think we all can try about that. Some of the time it is going to work this way.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Pixie06

It happens to me from time to time. I then go outside for a walk or I listen to some meditating music or play with my dog. These help in clearing my mind. I also try to motivate myself to get to work again.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Tronia

That also works for me. Having frequent breaks is the key to not getting burned out and ending up having a writer's block. If you just keep writing, writing, and never taking some time to relax it's impossible for your brain to keep the focus and the ability to produce high-quality content.

Music is great as well. I often have non-lyrical in the background while I write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

leeyong88

Yeah, pets also do the trick sometimes. When I feel that my writing powers are off, I playing with my pet is one option because I feel relaxed with my dog, talking with him as if I can get an answer from him. I try to read his mind which is sometimes very effective in waking up my mind.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

TheArticulate

I will typically combine my pet with another activity people have been talking about: walking. Taking my dog for a walk in town is a great way to take my mind off of whatever I'm working on, allowing me to come back to work with a fresh mindset. There's also something about getting out and meeting other people and their dogs that I really enjoy, and it help to ease my mind as well.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Tronia

If I'm having a really bad writer's block then I honestly just stop writing for a day or two to completely take my mind off of it. Just focus on some other tasks and leave writing until you feel inspired. Believe me, the work you will produce right after a short break will be one of the best you ever have. At least that's how it is for me.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

AmieBotella

It's good to know your writer's block can be cured with a simple nap. When I have one of those really big chunk of writer's block that no nap can cure, I usually change my routine. I travel on the nearby town and change my atmosphere for at least a day. On this travel, I will not use my gadget to pass time, but instead, I'll observe my surroundings and observe each details. Just to clear things in my mind and then I will plan on giving myself a target date to condition myself that i need to go back to writing. That's how i normally deal with mine.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I know right? I guess that anything that refreshes and restores the body also does the mind, and this makes complete and total sense. I do try to be careful with naps though because sometimes I will emerge from them too groggy or even TOO relaxed, and so my work suffers from those issues. I really love the idea of switching up one's routine--that's what makes laptops so great--you can drive to a nearby place, provided it has wi-fi, or too a different cafe', or even fast food restaurant, and the new environment can be enough to throw off your routine and to regenerate your writing. Good points here.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mar06

Sometime when I'm commenting about a certain topic in a forum I don't deal those writer's block. I experience that kind of situation but still I can manage those things. There are just times that I can't think fast and not able to what I should write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Neutron04

I often get writer's block too but it's not about getting tired and sleepy. For me it's more of the mood I have for that day. I get to create good content and better ideas when I feel I am on the mood but just couldn't come up with anything if it's the other way around. So when writing I make sure everything is in the right mood and at a perfect setting or else I would be more frustrated the entire day.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I am with you on this. I write better depending upon my mood; however, the issue with this is having to meet deadlines and content creation moments when you do not really feel like it. If our moods dictate our writing patterns too much, then they also dictate the money we can make from our writing, and I think that can be detrimental. I have to force myself to push through my moods in order to produce content for my own livelihood.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

DenisP

"For me it's more of the mood I have for that day."

I can definitely relate to this. Most days I don't experience writer's block, and am able to express my thoughts and ideas with relative ease. Yeah I might get stuck on something now and again, but it usually isn't too hard to solve. But honestly, some days I feel like my brain is just cloudy and I can barely understand my own thoughts. I sit down at the computer, start typing, and find that every couple of words I'm just losing my train of thought and can barely get two sentences out. At that point I just know that today I'm not in the mood for writing, and that I'm better off taking the time off until I'm back to normal.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mar06

There such a thing like that where we cannot able to continue our work because we sometimes we loses our ideas about our work and cannot concentrate anymore. It can also affect our work when ever we get that condition that may be destroy our work or in other word we cannot finish those work we've been doing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

I hear what you are saying here, but the good things is, and I can attest to this after being a writer for over twenty-five years, that writer's block is only a temporary condition. It definitely fades away, and your mind and inspiration will replenish and rebound from this condition. In that manner, it does not "destroy" our work, but it just does not always "work" exactly when we want it to, and that's what frustrates us. I hate that feeling of really wanting to say something and not having the words with which to do so.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

Personally if situation gets to a point where I don't have anything tangible to offer anymore, I simply go into hibernation and recover my footing from such time off. Maybe it's a sign my brain is giving me to rest and calm down in order to have things sorted out within myself. It's better to do a sound job which would interest lots of people and generate more response than do something that would get you a bad reputation.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Kakashi2020

If all else fail then I too go into what I call "hibernation mode". I just sleep and rest my mind for a couple days along with a couple of shots of whiskey at night just to relax my mind.
It usually works.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JoeMilford

Martinsx1,
I agree that our brains tell us when it is time for a break--sometimes, I do not listen, however, and I wear myself out, get frustrated, or give myself a headache, lol. I like your term "hibernation" here, and I associate it with neural activity--we run off of electricity in our minds, and I think that, sometimes, the cortex whihc we use for langauge and writing can get over-heated or blow a few fuses, so, we have to give it time to be repaired and to recover. I think it is totally healthy to listen to ourselves and to know our preferences, and our limits--deadlines keep me from resting when I should though, sometimes.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

JiLLian87

True. Our brain needs to rest also. What you can do is, take time to relax. Have some snacks or you may want to talk to somebody. Have a short break and read some articles. Your brain will surely work after that.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

overcast

I think some of the time we can walk it off. But if you understand where things go. You will learn that it may take time for writers block to go away. And getting that natural rhythm means you have to work on small things.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment