5 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

*2-3 minute read*

1. Give Yourself a Break

It’s impossible to be creative 100% of the time—you’ll burn out pretty fast, so give yourself a break! Watch a movie, go for a walk, get some exercise, and then come back with a fresh perspective. If you’re uninspired, your readers will be able to feel that through your writing, so make sure to channel that creative spirit whenever you can.

2. Gain Some Inspiration

Kick-start your creative juices by doing something that inspires you. Listen to your favorite band, change your environment, make a cup of coffee, even go sit outside under a tree, anything to free your mind and refocus your creative direction. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery.

3. Refocus

Sometimes the problem is not a lack of inspiration but a lack of concentration. It’s easy to get distracted when you really need to focus, so turn off the TV, turn on some music if that helps you concentrate (but not the kind that makes you want to sing along 😉 ) and get to work! Carve out a space that’s rife with inspiration but secluded from outside distractions. Lastly, find the time of day when writing seems easiest (like first thing in the morning or late at night) and set aside that time.

4. Follow Other Writer’s Blogs

Some people worry that reading other people’s writing will cloud their own voice, but this couldn’t be less true, you have a voice and it is beautifully unique, the tips and tricks you can gain from writers who are passionate about what you do can be extremely helpful. Follow blogs from people who you admire and feed off their knowledge to inspire your own unique voice.

5. Ask for Ideas

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, sometimes all you need is to bounce ideas off someone or gain a different perspective to put you right back in that writing sweet spot. If you’re not yet completely confident in your writing or if you’re just starting out, running your content through someone more experienced before publishing it can save you time and help you grow as a writer. Lastly, don’t give up! Inspiration can come at the most unlikely of times, so make sure to carry a notebook and pen with you wherever you go to jot down notes when inspiration strikes. Happy writing!

This post was written by Kirstin Venn. Kirstin is an Account Manager at Beacon.

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