6 Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

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If you’re pressed for time and want to overcome writer’s block, knowing what pain points to target can help. When you’re strategic about addressing your pain points, you can reset your focus and move forward with your writing in a more joyful, impactful, and soulful way. The six pain points and guidance below will give you a taste of what you can experience in my FREE online How to Slay Writer's Block course.

Although quick tips are useful—overcoming writer’s block takes time, patience, and practice. It also takes commitment. And, it requires you to own the tools, techniques, and rituals that work best for you.

That said…

To make it easier to overcome writer's block, here are six key pain points to watch for and how to remedy them.

These simple tips give you an at-a-glance look at the six principles I cover in my online course.

  • Experiment with each of them the next time you sit down to write. Write down the ones that speak to you—and feel free to modify.

  • Display these tips in your writing area, in your journal, on your laptop... The more you see them, the more they'll help you overcome writer's block.

1.You give in to your inner critic before you start writing.

Authentic writing is all about making a change—which threatens the ego and triggers the inner critic to flood you with change-halting judgments. Don't give in. Give yourself permission to start writing and keep going.

2. You lack a disciplined writing routine. 

Effective writing thrives with routine. Find the time and place to write at least 2-3 times a week, ask for support, and practice self-care before, during, and after each writing session.

3. You feel overwhelmed with too many ideas.

Writer's block has a way of creating idea overwhelm. Write freely about your ideas; don't try to fit them in a box. Let them unveil their impact in their own time.

4. Your words fall flat. 

To make an impact on your audience, engage your senses in your writing. You'll convey a visceral sense of your message that gives resonance to the wisdom you're sharing.

5. You’re afraid of failure.

Failure breaks you open to new possibilities. Recognize what's not working in your writing and focus on what you could do differently. Risking failure consistently gives you the resilience you need to keep writing.

6. You struggle to put your authentic self in your writing.

Your ability to connect as a whole human being through your writing is key. Spend some time exploring and reclaiming the parts of you that you're scared to share—including your strengths and shadows—and tell their stories.

Decide where your pain points lie above and focus on the corresponding tips. When you own your tools, your writing improves. So, make these six tips your own; evolve them as you evolve. With practice, they'll help you write with more impact, joy and soul. If you found this guidance helpful and want to dive in deeper, explore my FREE online How to Slay Writer's Block course.

Alana Helapitage