5 Ways To Kick Writer’s Block To The Curb

Writer’s Block. Most writers have been there at one point or another in their writing career. Maybe you’ve published a few books on Amazon Kindle, and maybe those books are doing well, maybe they’re not, but either way, you want to keep trucking on. You want to write another book. But…your mind is blank…what should your next book be about?  You’ve got a classic case of writer’s block. You need ideas. All your mental energy has been used up in some other facet of life, but you know you still have it in you. All you need is some good inspiration and a creative awakening.

I love writing. I’ve loved to write for as long as I can remember. It’s an art, a beautiful and creative way to get what’s in my mind out onto paper and into the minds of others. But often, I find myself stuck trying to muster up the ‘next big idea’.

When I have exhausted all my mental energy, there are a few tricks I pull out to help get my creative juices flowing again.

1. Step Away From The Keyboard

  • By far this is is what is the most effective when I find myself face-in-hands staring at a blank document. I step away from my computer and do something else for awhile. I always seem to come up with some good ideas if I’m not actually trying to think of new ideas. Funny how that works.

2. Take A Long Hot Shower

  • This kind of goes along with the above suggestion, but it’s worth mentioning, I think. Hot showers (or baths) have a way of helping to awake your senses while relaxing your mind. It’s a great way to just ‘check-out’ and let whatever comes to mind …come to mind.

3. Realize That Writer’s Block Is Just A Temporary Setback

  • If you are stuck for ideas, taking a moment to realize that it’s just a temporary setback will help encourage you not to give up. Focus on your past writing accomplishments, and be confident knowing that with each new book, your writing will only get better.

If, once you have taken some time to refresh, the creative awakening still has not taken place, there are a few strategies you can take to force the process.

Forums

  • This is one of the most effective ways to come up with new ideas. The great thing about online forums is they are usually topic specific. For example, if you are struggling to come up with new ideas for a gardening book, finding a forum dedicated to gardening is probably not hard. Forums contain hundreds and thousands of questions. And those questions can give you a ton of new ideas and insight for book topics. Questions that have lots of replies are usually hot topics. You can even find questions to include in your book as chapters!  Don’t pass this opportunity up to really dig in and get your feet wet on a topic. This strategy will tell you exactly what kind of information real people are hungry for.

Question/Answer Websites

  • Any website that is based on people asking and answering questions is a potential goldmine of ideas. Sites like Yahoo Answers and Ask.com are huge, and have many, many different kinds of question and answer sections. Ask.com has a categories section, so if you are at a complete loss as to what niche to enter, you can simply browse categories for different niche ideas, and then view the Q and A’s in that category.

 

Writer’s block happens to the best of us, but don’t look at it like a weakness….look at like a strength! It gives you more opportunity to expand yourself and get more creative than you ever have before! Just think….you have to be a real hard core writer to get Writer’s Block!

 

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