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how to defeat writers block

Writer’s Block: How to Win the Blinking Cursor Battle

Written by: Colton Radford, Marketing Content Specialist

Writer’s block is defined as “the condition of being unable to think of what or how to proceed with writing.” You know the feeling. That gut-punch of sitting in front of a screen with that pesky cursor blinking at you. Mocking you like a Pac-Man ghost. 

The good news is that it’s totally normal. And, whether you’re writing web pages, blog articles, video scripts, print ads, or press releases – there are numerous methods you can use to push past writer’s block.

Recognize it’s Temporary

Often, people confuse writer’s block with an inability to write. Understand that everybody has the ability to write and write well. This may not help you defeat writer’s block, but it also won’t let writer’s block defeat you.

Free-Write

For me, this is the most effective overall method for combating writer’s block. Free-writing is when you write continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing and gain confidence in yourself. The key is to stop writing once your set time is up. Then go back and organize your ideas into a meaningful outline. 

Find a new Environment 

Eliminate distractions and breathe some fresh air into your writing. Maybe it’s the city park, the café across the street, or even the quiet closet down the hall. There is no right place to write, it’s all about finding that balance between comfort and mental stimulation.

Listen to Music  

Writer’s block can be brought on by certain stressful events in your life such as relationship troubles or strict deadlines. Music is a great remedy to push those negative thoughts out of your mind and allows you to concentrate on a different form of creativity.

Get away from the Screen 

Maybe it’s just not the right time for you to be writing. Give yourself some time to develop your thoughts by going for a walk or reading a book. The former will increase oxygen flow to the brain, and the latter is always a great way to develop inspiration. 

Gain Leverage

Most importantly, don’t let writer’s block be an excuse for not writing at all. If you apply yourself and use these methods to fight through the difficult moments, you’ll be surprised with what you can produce.   

If you still find yourself struggling to channel your inner Hemingway, you can always Leverage us. We’ll gallantly fight the blinking cursor for you. 

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