At times, it can be pretty daunting to sit down at your computer and see a blank screen staring back at you. Whether you’re just starting your book, working on a pivotal scene, or are ready to write that last chapter, sometimes an empty canvas can be anything but inspiring to an author.
If you ever feel like you’re suffering from a bad case of writer’s block, here are a few strategies to help:
- Immerse yourself in nature. This doesn’t mean taking a sabbatical to the jungles of Costa Rica (though by all means…if you can…we’re not stopping you!), but it does mean to just go outside for a while. Focusing on the great outdoors can help clear your head and inspire you.
- Sleep with a notebook next to you. You never know what ideas will come to you in your sleep. If you have that notebook nearby, you can jot down a few ideas before you forget them.
- Write somewhere else. We get it. You spent a lot of time creating an immersive environment specifically for writing your book. You have motivational posters on the wall and the lighting is perfect. You even added a desk waterfall to let soothing water sounds keep you in a tranquil, inspired state. Maybe you need to spend a day out of that environment. Go to a local coffee shop, the library, a park, even a different room in your house…anywhere that provides a change of scenery. The new surroundings may inspire you to take your book to a completely different place as well.
- Develop your characters. Do some free writing that really dives into the background of your characters. You may not add this information to the book, but if you have a better understanding of your characters, you may learn something new that you can incorporate into your story. Try a day in the life journal entry, a brief history, or even an in-depth physical description.
- Accept that sometimes writer’s block happens. Having a case of writer’s block doesn’t make you a bad writer. Nor does writer’s block mean you should stop telling your story. It simply means that today, you need to work from a different angle. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The tortured writer cliche is overdone, anyways.