Writer’s block: How to rediscover the joy in writing.

Whether you’re a novelist, copywriter, blogger, communications specialist or anybody that writes with the purpose of generating a desired response from an audience, every now and then you’re going to struggle.

You’re going to struggle with what’s known as writer’s block. Writer’s block is generally caused by a lack of joy and inspiration with what you’re writing or how your writing is progressing. Accept it. It happens to all of us.

Now, I’m guessing that you initially became a writer because you found great joy in tapping away on that keyboard and generating an array of words, sentences and phrases that made you smile.

Well, the key to moving past writer’s block is to rediscover this joy.

Here’s 3 tips to get you on your way.

1. Identify what has killed your joy.

They say once you name it, you own it, and once you own it you start to defeat it.

Start by identifying your pain points and asking yourself some hard questions.

You may be getting frustrated in how long your writing is taking, and how multiple revisions are holding you up so at the end of the day you don’t feel like you’ve achieved nearly as much as you think you should have.

It’s easy to get caught up in a dangerous spiral of negativity here.

So, instead maybe tell yourself that there is no prescribed amount of time a revision should take, so why did you put such pressure on yourself?

Maybe you set yourself a goal to write five hundred words a day, yet missed it this week. Are you still beating yourself up about how you should have made up those days somewhere? There’s a joy killer right there.

The common denominator on joy-killers is “I should…”. We have to change our expectations to find our joy again. Instead of “I should write a thousand words today,” maybe say, “I can’t wait to see what {insert character’s name} is going to do in today’s thousand words!” Language is a very powerful thing and can quickly reframe the way in which we view a task.

 

2. Rediscover the fun.

Some tasks inspire more joy than others, but we can make choices to infuse our writing with fun.

Ask yourself, “What do I love about what I am writing?”

Depending on what it is, this could vary greatly.

Think about the elements of the story that inspire you and add more focus and excitement to those areas.

Write them out of order if you like. Just have some fun with it. Forget about the editing phase. Just write. You may well end up deleting half of what you’ve written. But, I guarantee when you are writing while in in a state of joy, passion and excitement, you are bound to produce some gold.

 

3. Know it will pass.

If nothing else is working, just remind yourself that it will pass. No matter how you’re feeling now, at the very least, by convincing yourself that this is only temporary, and that your joy and excitement will eventually return, you’re well on your way.

Think ahead to when this job/project/novel, etc is finished and how great you will feel.

All that effort, the long hours, the sleepless nights, the copious amounts of coffee, the rewrites and the setbacks will one day pay off.

Repeat after me, “It will pass. I will discover the joy again”.

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