How to Beat the Demon Block – 5 Ways to Conquer a Blank Page

Posted on February 12, 2014 in Art & Graphic Design, Fun, Printing

man on computerAbout a year ago, we did a post on the NextDayFlyers blog entitled “How to Beat the Zombie Block – 5 Ways to Conquer Design Fatigue.” Here’s the sequel, made for all you marketers, bloggers, and writers out there.

Writer’s block. That moment when after you’ve written some great content, you’re ready to see it through, and then…bam! You hit a wall. From J.K. Rowling to the novice writer, it happens to everyone. So how do you start generating new ideas and get those creative juices flowing again? Take a look at these five tips for getting yourself back in the writing game:

Take a Break From Writing

Sitting there staring at a blank page waiting for an idea to pop into your head is probably not going to help. Put the pen and paper down, and pull yourself away from your desk. Get some fresh air, watch a few minutes of TV, cook, do jumping jacks. You’d be surprised how many great ideas can pop up from doing menial, everyday tasks. If you return to your desk prematurely you’ll only become more frustrated as your brain continues to churn out nothing. Take as much time as you need to get that noggin back in the creative zone.

man on computer deskWrite Anything

Even if an idea doesn’t make sense or seems to be poorly constructed, write it down and keep writing. Sometimes the best ideas can come from aimless, stream-of-consciousness writing. What seems like rubbish might actually be some good writing in disguise. And don’t get too focused on writing perfect sentences or using perfect grammar. The key is to get the ideas on paper. You can always edit later. Even if an idea seems silly and not well thought out, jot it down. You never know, fire-breathing llamas could be a good idea.

Think Outside the Box

Chances are that if you’re having trouble coming up with a new idea, your scope might be too limited. Open up your mind and consider something you haven’t before. It could be a new perspective or even a new writing style. Try tackling your work with something completely off the wall. This might open your eyes to a new approach or new ideas that you haven’t thought about yet. Take this new outlook and try to apply it to what you’re writing. You might be surprised at what you come up with.

writers blockWrite Somewhere Else

Wi-Fi is a beautiful thing. So get out of your home office and venture out to your local café or to the beach. And with the advent of Wi-Fi, not being able to access the Internet is no excuse. This is great if you need the Internet, especially for research. Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes having the Internet is the problem! In that case, try and get away from places that offer Wi-Fi, or leave your computer altogether. Taking a notepad to the beach or a park bench, or even sitting in your car can take you out of your funk long enough to write down what you need to.

Talk to a Friend

Have someone you trust read what you have so far and try to generate ideas. Their perspective could offer you valuable insight into the topic you’re working on and they might help you add color to your writing if it feels dull to you. Even if they’re just a soundboard for you to bounce ideas off of or if they’re giving you an excuse to write out loud, that might be all you need to keep going. Make sure you give them credit if a significant portion of what you wrote is their idea.

 

Well, there you have it, 5 tried-and-true methods to get rid of the writer’s block. The important thing to remember is that writing takes time. It won’t all come at once. Be patient and keep at it, and you’ll soon have a brilliant piece of work written. Don’t give up. Keep writing!

 

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About Jamaal Pittman

Jamaal loves music, hiking, writing short stories, performing arts, and encouraging others to live their dreams. He is currently cowriting a men’s fashion book and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on Twitter @jamaaldpittman.

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